Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Birthday !!!!

My grandmother asked me last week to make her some more birthday cards to send out to all her friends so this is what I've gotten done so far.

Life Is a Delicate Balance

As you can see, the original stamp shows her holding tea. 
 I kinda thought with the sentiment I was using, the martini and wine glass would be funnier.

Card Description:

4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card base
Nestabilities Standard Circles Large: one for cutting and embossing the image and one larger for just embossing the front of the card to use as a frame for the image.
Life Is a Delicate Balance stamp
Art Impressions stamp K-2789
Stampin' Up! Watercolor pencils and a blender pen
Clear stamp set for the wine and martini stamps
Blue satin ribbon

Eat Something Cute!

Card Description:

Standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Stampin' Up! Birthday Bakery Clear Stamp set
Voila party ribbon
Stampin' Up! Scallop Trim Border Punch
Modern Label Punch XL
Watercolor pencils and aqua-blender pen

Sneak Peek Card

Card Description:
Standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Embossing folder
Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Ovals Large
Stampin' Up! Blooming With Happiness stamp set
Watercolor pencils and aqua-blender pen
Pink ribbon

So Excited!

Back for another debut with this funny stamp set
is the birthday day girl and cake.
She's baaaaack, but with gifts this time.

Card Description:

Standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Totally Stampalicious! Bugaboo Stamp set
Katie & Co cake stamp
Stampin' Up! Tag Time present stamp
Paper by Basic Grey
Watercolor pencils and aqua-blender pen

Happy Bird-day to you!
The owl is falling off the wire while holding the gift.

Card Description:

Standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
The wire is hand drawn
Stampin' Up! Love Ya Bunches stamp set
Stampin' Up! Zoofari stamp set
Stampin' Up! Owl Punch

Snoopy and Woodstock

Can't resist Snoopy and Woodstock.

Card Description:

Standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Hand drawn clouds that I taped to the card before sponge daubing the background.
Stampabilities Snoopy Stamp
Stampin' Up! punches to make the balloons
Creative Memories cutting ruler to make the banner

Never Too Old...

The instructions to this pop-up card are here.

Card Description:

Dawn does an excellent job in the tutorial with the dimensions, but here is what I used to embellish.
Art Impressions U-1929 stamp of the couple
Hand drawn clouds
Rosie's Roadshow musical notes stamp
Stampin' Up! Cowboy Kid stamp set for the cactus and horseshoe
Studio G Alphabet stamp set series #3 for the letters
Fiskars Woodgrain textured plate (They run perfectly through any cutting/embossing machine)
Twine from Wal-mart for the lasso
Watercolor pencils and aqua-blender pen

And this one is still in the works, but almost done.


Card Description:

Standard 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card
Stampin' Up! On the Grow clear stamp set
SU! Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper
Scraps of paper to piece over sections of the scooter for more dimension
Crystal effects for the mirror of the scooter and dew on the flowers in the basket
SU! Eyelet border punch
Daubers for the background

I hope this gives you some inspiration for knocking out those birthday cards in advance.
Also, on the discussion of birthdays...
today is my son's 16th birthday and I am making a Zombie scenario cake.

Happy Birthday Brendan!!!!!!!

Stay tuned for pictures of that....

Have a wonderful weekend and happy stamping!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I'm so excited....

When I hopped over to Lily Pad Cards and saw this sketch 

From Lucy's Lovely Lines,
courtesy of Lucy Abrams...
(She has an amazing blog as well as some WONDERFUL news), I was soooo excited.
But, when I saw all the inspiration from the DT's  of Lily Pad
and Sherri

I was completely inspired and knew just what stamp set to use. :)

I apologize to Kelly Marie for not having any Lawn Fawn stamps..Yet.
But once you look at the inspiration cards, you'll want some too!

Ok, here's my card...

Thank you for stopping by my blog.  I truly appreciate it.
Have a wonderful weekend and Happy Stamping!

Items used:
Totally Stampalicious! Bugaboo Stamps
Close To My Heart paper
Spellbinders Nestabilities Small Labels
Stampin' Up! Hardware
Handmade bags with the CTMH paper

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stepping It Up!

I was in the mood for a black and white card today 
when I was digging around and found these amazing  cardstock shapes.
From there, the card just evolved itself.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

 Challenge # 117 Use things that start with the letter S and old forgotten embellishments
( I used shoes, stars, swirls, spots, the word shoe, stripes, soaring butterflies?)

 One For the Girls

 #155 Open challenge, but you have to use one of the following; butterflies, fairies or an angel
( I used butterflies)

  Sparkle and Shine
(glitz and shine and sparkle in the stars and the word shoe and the diamonds add shimmering bling)

 - Anything Goes and a BONUS DT call!

  #191 Monday Sketch

 Bloom and Grow; something floral
(I used flower DP and flowers cascading in the shoe)

I'd also like to thank Jacky aka Paddington Fan for showing me the following website:

A wonderful link to stamping blogs and their daily posted challenges and criteria  :)

Thanks for stopping in :)

Better Than Ed McMahon!!!???

As wonderful as it would have been to have had Ed McMahon show up on my door step with a huge check and a ton of balloons from American Family Publishers, sadly, those days are gone.

I'll always remember his unique little chuckle as the side kick to  Johnny Carson on The Tonight's Show. 
This era of comedy will always be missed...

There might just be a wonderful replacement to this fond childhood memory and it's called...

As much as I dreamed of winning the big bucks back in the day...I'm thinking I would be over the moon with this amazing team of DT's.

So here's the scoop...
Take a moment of silence to remember the greats that made us all laugh and giggle and then hurry on over to this blog because they are currently having a 

See?  It's for real! ;)

In the words of the late Ed McMahon....
"If you enter this sweepstakes and your name is drawn, you might be a WINNER!"

Good luck to you all and pass on the word!

Happy Stamping :)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Flower Power Frenzy

Mix it Up Monday challenge over at Stamp TV has decided that we need to focus on flowers.  
I thought this challenge would be easier than it actually was, but when I started pooling together all the floral what-nots and wing-dings that I have, it almost became too difficult to narrow down my options.

I finally decided on neutral flowers and let the paper and ribbon be the colors that popped.

Here's my card that I'm submitting to the challenge
Here are the supplies that I used

More close-ups of the card

Dry Embossed card base
Ran a few of the flowers through the BigShot as well to make the polka-dot image on the petals
Bling with flower buttons
 Golden Thank You emblem as the centerpiece of the card
Pearl wisps to embellish
 Above the white card base is a rectangular paper that I Versamark stamped and then gold powder embossed and then bleached the non-embossed sections of the flower.
On top of that I laid a diamond shape vintage print paper for more texture

I wanted to make leaves for the flowers, and I wasn't sure that green CS would do the trick.  I decided on bending scraps of green hued ribbon instead.  

The End :)

Click the image below to go directly to the Stamp TV challenge posted by Janice.

Also, you can check out all the other beautiful cards for this challenge in the gallery

Thank you again for stopping in and seeing what I've been up to. 
Happy Stamping!! :)

Monday, May 16, 2011

M&M Man Card

A sneak peek at my 2nd post for today

A close up of cute little teddy bear slippers

Over at HCTB (Here Come the Boys) they are having their second manly-man card challenge using a sketch.
Here is the sketch and link so you can hop on over there and check it out yourself!

I thought I wanted to paper piece a card, but after attempting that, I reverted to just hand drawing the elements of the card I am submitting into their challenge.

How I incorporated the image with the sketch

The sketch shows that the image needs to have a backdrop so I made the M&M in the recliner have a framed portrait of dogs playing poker behind it.

The sketch shows that the card base is to have lines of separation, so I decided that the wall would be paneling that I scored allowing slats with varying width sizes.

The sketch shows a sentiment on the front, but rather than words, I chose images to speak for themselves.  A drink, book and remote control in the other hand.
Also, there is ribbon in the sketch, but it didn't match this M&M's house, so I made a blue carpet with fraying around the edge and a white sewn stitch to symbolize the ribbon aspect.

Side View

Here is a picture of my inspiration that I tweaked.

Thanks for stopping by!

Give It a Go...

It's actually more difficult than I thought.  I'm referring to making masculine cards.  However, I gave it a go and here are a few of the cards that I am submitting over at HCTB, Here Come The Boys, blog where all the cards have a masculine theme.  The challenge was Anything Goes.

So, here goes...

1.  Use of natural "masculin-ish" stuff

2.  Theme is, many are alike, but one stands out
 (Father's Day idea?)

3.  My favorite and it speaks for itself

If you'd like to check out HCTB click the title below
Thank you so much for stopping in and I hope you're inspired to make some masculine cards! 

Have a great day :)