Saturday, July 31, 2010

MFT It'll be OK

This is a card I made for the DTGD challenges and one I will keep on hand until needed.  It will most likely be a get well or an encouragement card... we all need a boost now and then, right?   This adorable image is one of the Pure Innocent Stamps from My Favorite Things... she is called "My Umbrella".  I just love her expression!  The camera washed out her skin tones a little but, as you can see, it's a pretty bright card. 

She was colored with Copics and the umbrella was stamped onto a piece of Cosmo Cricket's Early Bird and pieced.  I used my new flower die and button die from The Cat's Pajamas to make the little flowers and just grabbed a little floss for the buttons.  The base of the card is certainly celery (SU!) and the circles were cut out with circle Spellbinder's Nestabilities.

I hope you're having a nice weekend... be sure to come back tomorrow for the AnniVERVEsary blog hop!  See you then.............


MFT "My umbrella'" stamp set
Ink:  Memento tuxedo black, Copic sketch markers
Paper:  Early Bird - Cosmo Cricket, real red, whisper white, certainly celery, summer sun (cs - SU!)
Accessories:  floss, die cuts, nesties

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Pansy Birthday

This week has just flown by.  Maybe because I have been making cards and projects like an over-caffeinated hamster - now that's pretty hyper!!  I am a fan club member at Splitcoast Stampers and I kept hearing about this Dare to get Dirty "gala" and I hadn't looked into it until I got a feed email from Suzanne Dean who said she had to keep the details a secret... but... if you were a fan club member you could click on a link and find out all those mysterious details!  That sparked my curiousity!  I can't divulge what each challenge was either, but I can tell you there were 33 of them and I did 'em all.... big woohoo please!   thank you, thank you (*bowing*).

This card was one of them but I used the sketch from Mondays Mojo149... great sketch... I chose the round card.

Sorry, this one loaded sideways... again!  Don't know why it sometimes does that...
For my card I used my largest scallop circle nestability being careful not to cut the top since that will be the 'hinge' on my card.  Then I cut my lavender cs and the designer paper (Tea Party by SU! - retired) with the plain circle. The image is from  "A Year of Flowers" by Flourishes.  After cutting the paper in half I added some white ribbon (Michael's) and cut out my wild wasabi paper for the green accents. The little birthday image is from "Birthday Surprise" by Verve.  I think I got a little carried away with all the bows... but, on the other hand,  I think it's kind of cute.  Better give thie one to a female, right?

Thanks for spending some of your day with me.... see you soon.


What's all in it...
Stamps - A Year of Flowers (Flourishes), and Birthday Surprise by Verve
Ink - Memento tuxedo black, Copics sketch markers, and lavender stampin; spot
Accessories - white ribbon from Michael's, Spellbinders Scallop and standard circle nesties, SU! tag punch

Monday, July 26, 2010

Viva La Verve - week 4

Today's card is my submission for Amber's Friday challenges.  I'm actually ahead of schedule with this one... wheee!  This entire month has been to use inspiration photos from bathrooms... who knew there were so many gorgeous selections for bathroom stuff!  Thinking I need an upgrade ;-).  I really liked the crisp, white towels in this picture...


This is a pretty self-explanatory card.  I used Papertrey's basic white for the base, punched a border out of the dark blue using my Martha Stewart punch, embossed the white layer with my Cuttlebug embossing folder, added a strip of certainly celery and finished the card with a big, white satin bow with a little silver cord to hold the sentiment.  I am really loving satin bows at the moment and my local stores (JoAnn's and Michael's) carry the basic colors.  The little flowers are from Verve's Swan Song stamp set and the Celebrate sentiment is from Verve's Big Wish set.  They are stamped with certainly celery, bashful blue, and night of navy using my little stampin' spots.

I'm so glad you stopped by today... come back soon!  


***see text for 'ingredients' 

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Birthday Blog Hop for Julee

First of all.... HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULEE!!!  I hope you have a fantastic day! 

The image at the top of the post was created by Jen Tapler... isn't it marvelous?
I cannot even begin to tell you how excited and honored I am to be a part of this hop.  So much talent in one morning... whew... I am in awe!  And, to be a part of it... priceless!  I hope you're enjoying your hop today... if you've come from Teresa's blog you are right on track.  If you've just stumbled on this blog, please enjoy, and if you'd like to start the hop from the beginning, go on over to Amber's blog for the master list.

When I was creating this card, I knew I wanted to use Julee's favorite Verve colors... browns and aquas.  I chose a vanilla card base and paper from Linen Closet (DCWV).  The entire packet is in soft brown, caramel and aqua colors.  I used my Spellbinders nestabilities labels 1 and cut out and embossed aqua mist (PTI) cardstock.  Then I used my oval nesties to cut out the sentiment layer and sponged it with Ranger Antique Linen while the paper was still in the die.  A little trick I learned from Julee (as a matter of fact *grin*).  The "Big Wish" sentiment is Verve's Big Wish Birthday set and I stamped it using close to cocoa ink by SU!.  The horizontal border is done with a new Martha Stewart punch 'quilting' and the pretty antique lace vertical border is from Ellen Hutson.  Once all the basics were done, I got to play with my little faux button.  I used a sizzix die cut and cut both papers so I could insert the little aqua button onto the polka dotted one.  Finished it all up with floss, a satin bow, some 1/2 pearls from an SU! 'pretties' kit and it was good to go.  I wanted to finish the inside too with this Happy Birthday stamp from Verve.  This has been so much fun!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and now you are to hop over to Laurie's blog where I know her creation will stop you in your tracks... her creations are so fabulous!!!

Happy Birthday Julee ... you deserve the best day ever!!!

What's in it...
Stamps - Big Wish (Verve), Happy Birthday PJ (Verve)
Ink - Close to cocoa (SU!), Ranger antique linen
Paper - DCWV Linen closet, PTI aqua mist, SU! very vanilla
Accessories - MS border punch, antique lace, pearls, floss, satin ribbon

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sweet Lucy with Kitty

Happy Saturday ... hope you're having a relaxing day!
I have a cute little image to share with you today.  I love this image by Sarah Kay for Stampavie.

Isn't she just the sweetest... and with a kitty!  I'm a kitty person (wild about my fur babies) so this was so much fun to color.  I used my Copic sketch markers and had a blast.  The paper is Basic Grey's Urban Prairie.  After coloring my image I cut her out using my Spellbinder's oval nesties (a little scary) and then created the oval scallop border in avocado.  I dotted the scallops with liquid pearls and then finished it with a big bow.  I'm having fun layering faux die cut buttons and placing them on my "not always perfect" bows.  This is also one of my submissions for 'Dare to get Dirty' at SCS.  I can't disclose any details on the challenges but you might want to become a fan club member (just a thought) ... lots of fun projects and I think Split Coast Stampers does a remarkable job sharing everyone's creations.  It's a great source for inspiration. 

So I hope you like my little girl ... I'll be back tomorrow with some surprises!

Bye for now,

Whats in it...
Stamps - Lucy & Kitty by Sarah Kay
Ink - Memento tuxedo black, Copic sketch markers
Paper - Basic Grey Urban Prairie, PTI white, avocado
Accessories - gros grain ribbon (SU!), liquid pearls, sizzix button die, standard and oval Spellbinder nestabilities, floss for button.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

American Hero project parade

Hi Everyone...

I hope you're having a glorious Wednesday... aka 'hump' day!  It's just gorgeous here with a nice breeze off the ocean and mild temperatures.  Our heat wave has disappeared... yay! 

The project I want to present today is for Verve's project parade... make something with the stamp set "American Hero".  I love this set and have been following along viewing the samples by the Divas and they are spectacular!  Undaunted by all that talent (**grin**), I decided to use a 5 x 5 box that I've had for awhile for my little candy box.  I won't fib to you, this was a pretty lengthy project... perhaps because the 'idea center' in my brain has been opening late and closing early  ;-).  But, seriously, it was not complicated, just a little time consuming... lots of fun though.  Here we go with the pictures...

I started by covering my box with this cute star-patterned paper making sure to overlap it inside.  Even though I have shreddies and candy inside, I wanted it to be 'finished' looking.  I don't know the names of any of the papers I used... except for the vanilla and the red cs... they are both SU!.  Any combination of Americana colors would work well for this project.  I wanted to add a bunting look-alike to the edge so I used my die-namics large scallop die, cut out some red cs, and ran it through the paper crimper.  I used generic twine for the button ties and decided to set them off with a small punch to represent the rosettes.  I used a striped ribbon (Michael's) all around the upper edge of the lid.  I really liked the effect when that part was done.  Then the really, really fun part began... decorating the top of the box.  I've listed more particulars in the ingredients section below.

I hope you've enjoyed looking at this project... I had a lot of fun with it.  Be back soon... until then, have a super day!


What was used...
Stamps - AMERICAN HERO by Verve
Ink - Memento tuxedo black, not quite navy, real red (SU!), Copic sketch markers
Paper - Very vanilla, kraft, real red (SU!),  red dots, blue with vanilla stars ds
Accessories - 5" x 5" x 2" cardboard box (Walmart, I think), 3 flower punch (SU!), blingy brads from pretties collection (SU!), MS punch around the page, oval and oval scallop punches, generic buttons, twine, striped ribbons from Michael's

Saturday, July 17, 2010

VLV Life is Good

Yes, it is!  And I hope you are having a nice Saturday.  We're in the midst of a heat wave, but it's pretty comfy in the house.  Great beach weather!!!  So, today I'm sharing a very 'beachy' card with you.  This is for Verve's Friday challenge and this time Amber let us choose from lots of bathroom decor.  I chose this one called "Boardroom" -  little play on words there.

Pretty wild bathroom decor, don't you think?  Cute though, for a cottage. 

I started out with a background paper of clouds ... it's something I've had for quite a while and didn't know quite what to do with it.  This was perfect - made for a pretty literal interpretation.  I used my circle nesties for the center area and paper pieced the surfboards and sun.  This is all from Verve's RELAX stamp set and I can't seem to put it down... love it!  Well, I have more stuff to do, so I'll be back soon... details are below.  Thanks for stopping by...


Stamps - Verve Relax
Paper - kraft, white, basic grey, rust (SU!)
Ink - basic black (SU!), Copic sketch markers
Other - twine, mesh, Prima and SU flowers

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Flourishes Strawberries

Today I want to share a card that I made for both Flourishes Timeless Tuesday (FTTC75) to use some felt on the card, and Jen's Sketch For you to Try.  I started by cutting the bright yellow felt with my new die-namics large scallop die (by My Favorite Things).  I have a Cuttlebug and it cut beautifully.  I ran it through the 'bug twice, but I don't think that was necessary.  I colored the image with Copics which I tried to match to my combo of papers... I used SU!'s retired Summer Picnic and Cosmo Cricket's Garden Variety.  I think they match pretty well, do you?  Because my image was a little larger than Jen's sketch, I had to tweak the design a little.  I used Flourishes 'Strawberry' set for the image and the sentiment is from 'Cherries and Peaches'.  I really love coloring these delightful fruits... totally fun!  My flower is a combo too... the white one is Prima and the yellow is by Daisy Doodles.  I also decided the peaks on the scallops needed a bit of bling so I chose 3 bright rhinestones from Me and My Big Ideas 'Icons'.  That's about it for now... it's starting to get pretty warm up here in my craft room.  The weather guy said we have a heat wave coming.... ugh... thinking it's already here.  Thanks for taking a peek and I'll be back soon!


I think I included all the 'nitty gritties' in the text... see ya later

Monday, July 12, 2010

Mojo Monday 147

Happy Monday Everyone

Today I want to share with you a card I made for the Color Throwdown 100'th anniversary.  You can find all the details here  I've been meaning to play for some time... this was a bunch of fun!  I chose Verve's Fluttering by since my paper had that little butterfly on it!  Not to mention, I totally love this set.  I used the sketch from Mojo Monday 147 so that means I've actually made it on time this week... woohoo!  I started by stamping the little butterflies with regal rose ink, cutting them out, giving them their little antennae and added some silver stickles to the body.  I think this paper is really pretty and it has all the colors of the throwdown... regal rose, baja breeze, real red, and certainly celery (or colors very closely matching those).  It is by Recollections and is from the Summer Flower collection "Butterfly Wings".

I have just uploaded the photo and it is sideways... I am so sorry but it is aligned properly in my file and I cannot figure out how to turn it on the blog(this has never happened before... sigh).  If anyone can help, please email me.  I really want this to post so I can enter the throwdown... very frustrating. 

I hope you enjoy the card, even though it is sideways... hope you don't get a stiff neck.  I've posted it on Splitcoast Stampers and you can see it (in it's proper orientation) here

Thanks for visiting...!


what I used...
Stamps - Verve Flutter By
Paper - SU! baja breeze, whisper white, certainly celery, Recollections ds
Ink - SU! regal rose, Memento tuxedo black
Ribbon - Red taffeta (Michael's), SU! silver cording, silver stickles, corner punch

Saturday, July 10, 2010

VLV Beautiful Kindness

 Here is the card I made for the second week of Verve's Friday challenges using Verve's Beautiful Kindness stamp set.   I can't believe I actually had this done on time... 'course it didn't get posted until today, but I think I'll celebrate anyway!  I chose the 3rd photo... here it is.

I wanted to keep it fairly simple to focus on the sentiment and the flowers but I did get carried away with the glitter Stickles... just a "little'.   I used a new matstack I just got from Michael's by DCWV called Citrus. There are some very pretty colors in it... very summery.  I used my Cuttlebug to cut out the oval Spellbinder's Nestie (oval and scalloped oval) and then just did my cutting and assembling.  I used the dauber with a lime green chalk to sponge some color inside the oval before I stamped my sentiment.
I did take a few liberties with the 3 brad arrangement in the upper quad of the sample because I wanted to use my new Daisy Doodles flowers - I'll just imagine the brads exploding into the big flower :-). 

Have a super day and thanks for dropping in!


Stamps: Beautiful Kindness - Verve

Paper: DCWV Citrus matstack
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black
Accessories: ice stickles, daisy doodles flowers, Spellbinders nesties - ovals, ribbon - Michael's, dauber

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Fun Sunny Day

Hey there everyone.

I hope you are having a sunny day! The sun has finally come out here in Southern Cal... don't know why we're having such a cool July, but I'm loving it. We had a pretty good shake, rattle and roll yesterday afternoon... they called it a "moderate earthquake" at 5.4 but I was hanging on to my desk (*grin*). The card I've made today for MOJO146 is all about summer. I made it for our grandson's birthday... I'm sure he'll 'relate'.

This card uses my new favorite stamp set from Verve called Relax.  I love it... there are so many fun elements in the set.  This card basically involves coloring and cutting/pasting.  I stamped off several surfboards, waves, palm trees and a few sunshines and colored them with my Copics.  Then I cut them out and started arranging the placement.  I used another favorite... Garden Variety by Cosmo Cricket for my paper and matched my coloring to it.  I really enjoyed making this little vignette using Julee's sketch.  It doesn't show up very well in the picture but while the white paper was still in the oval nestie, I sponged so saffron around the shows IRL.  I used some cork for the dunes and a little piece of mesh for rest the boards against.  I used twine for an accent 'ribbon'... the card is on a kraft base.  I hope you enjoy it and have a great day! 

Wishing you fun in the sun...

what I used...

Stamps - Relax by Verve
Paper - Garden Variety by Cosmo Cricket, Black cs, Kraft cs by SU!
Inks - Memento tuxedo black, Copic sketch markers, so saffron & orange by SU!
Accessories - mesh, twine, 1/16" cork, Spellbinders nesties - large ovals

Monday, July 5, 2010

VLV week 1 Turtle

Hi everyone

I hope you had a wonderful July 4th!  I had full intentions of making some cards for the occasion but before I knew it, the holiday was here!  Todays post is a card I made for the Viva La Verve Friday sketch.

 I may have posted similar 'Turtle' cards before... this is one of my favorite get well images because the inside can say 'hope you're back on your feet soon'... plus, he's a happy little guy and seems comfy in his bright shell.

I also colored the flowers with Copics, then added a little glitter and some bling.  I used my new die-namics large scallop edge die.  I just love the big scallops for a change.  I ran the swiss dots embossing folder through my 'bug to add a bit more dimension and to further tie it together with the SU! retired 'ginger blossom' paper which has a dotted swiss background.   The inside reads 'hope you're back on your feet soon'.  It's all about making people smile, right?  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your day!

Back soon,  Patty

Nitty Gritties
Stamps: Inky Antics

Paper: SU certainly celery, whisper white, ginger blossom, coral
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copic sketch
Accessories: SU! silk flowers (small)  paper flowers (large), little glitter stones,  yellow stickles, crystal stickles, Circle nesties (scallop and standard), die-namics large scallop die, swiss dots Cuttlebug embossing folder, twine, generic white gros grain ribbon, button die by sizzix.