Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Orange Rose Blossom

My card today combines the Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge and Sweet and Sassy Stamps Inspiration Challenge this week - I went with the colors of the inspiration photo, in aqua, orange and green, and thanks to My Minds Eye Stella and Rose Mabel dp, it wasn't too hard!  One of my favorite things to do is match up dp's and try to combine patterns - small patterns seem to work best for this - dots, stripes, checks, etc. and of course, pads of paper which come already coordinated make this so easy!  I've discovered that 6 x 6 pads are much more useful for cardmaking than 12 x12 pads because when the pattern is too large, it tends to be lost on the front of a card.  I rarely buy a 12 x 12 anymore, but if I go for it due to irresistable colors and patterns, I usually end up giving the very large patterned paper to friends who scrapbook! 
The popped up flower is from Sweet and Sassy Stamps Rose Blossom and the sentiment is from their Your Friendship set.  All edges have been distressed with ink.
Other supplies include:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
SU Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie ink

Friday, 26 August 2011

First Day Hello

I made this for My Favorite Things sketch challenge 34 and the Free For All challenge at Splitcoaststampers to use something stacked on your card - I stacked four layers of daisies.   This is for a little girl to give to her teacher on the first day of school.  I always loved starting school with all the new books, pencils, paper and other school supplies!  My passion for paper goods probably started right there! 
The red gingham ribbon is colored with Y21 copic ink so that it would match the distressing of the rest of the card.  The little dress is paper pieced.
Other supplies include:
My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Apple for You, Say What
Marianne Creatables flower die
Martha Stewart leaf punch
October Afternoon dp
SU Real Red, Yoyo Yellow cardstock
Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four

Monday, 22 August 2011

Hot Pink Dress

Today's clean and simple challenge at Splitcoaststampers was to be inspired by the word "hot" - so since I'd just got this fab digi from A Day for Daisies, a "hot pink" dress it was!!  The dress was fun to color with all those folds and gathers, trying to keep areas that would be shadowed darker, and the other areas lighter.
The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink's Signature Greetings.
The gems have been colored with a copic to match.
Other supplies include:
Gingham ribbon
Martha Stewart arch lattice edge punch
Spellbinders Circles  Large, Small
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Stampin Up Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Basic Black cardstock

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Butterfly for Korin

Today's Featured Stamper at Splitcoaststampers is Korin, owner and talented stamp designer and card maker from Sweet and Sassy Stamps - I based my card on a beautiful CAS card Korin had done.  I embossed the background at the top and the bottom, leaving a blank space for stamping the sentiment which comes from Sweet and Sassy's Everyday Miracles set.  The butterfly is cut and embossed and glittered.  After that it was just a matter of arranging pearls and flourishes. 
Other supplies include:
Craft Concepts embossing folder
Versafine Black Onyx ink
Stampin Up's Dazzling Diamonds

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Autumn Leaves

I'm not sure if I want summer to last longer or I'm looking forward to fall, but either way, it's coming, and here's one of my first autumn cards using Sweet and Sassy Stamps newly released Autumn Leaves!  They're easy to color and cut out, and I've popped them up on a sponged rectangle with the sentiment.  This sentiment could be used for almost any occasion, and the set includes one more celebrating the beauty of autumn.
Other supplies include:
Spellbinders Nestabilities Rectangles, Scalloped Rectangles
Versamagic Sea Breeze ink
Memento Rich Cocoa

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Praying for You

By far, "praying for you" cards are the ones I'm asked to make most often - lets hope that means that a lot of prayer is happening!!  I love the sentiments from Verve's Circular Sayings as they fit so well into a circle or oval with room for gems or brads.  I popped up the lily on embossed panels using a layout from today's sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  The lily petals are curled outwards for dimension though it's hard to tell in the photo. 
Others supplies include:
SU Basic Black, Whisper White
Spellbinders Ovals

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

Blushing Blossoms

This is for two challenges over at Splitcoaststampers today, one being the sketch for Sweet and Sassy Stamps Release Party and the other being today's color challenge.  Sweet and Sassy Stamps not only celebrated their autumn releases but also becoming a member company with Splitcoaststampers!
I masked these flowers and sponged around them with ink, then colored the flowers with copics - alas, my R20 was dry, so I couldn't do much shading on them, time to order an ink refill, can't do without R20 for shading reds anyway!
Other supplies include:
Sweet and Sassy Stamps Your Friendship
SU Almost Amythest, Blushing Bride ink
My Favorite Things double scallop Die-namic
SU seam binding
DCWV Nana's Nursery dp

Saturday, 13 August 2011

Blessing Blossom

Normally I give 12 x 12 sheets of dp with very large patterns to someone who does scrapbooking but I decided to let the large glittery flowers on this K& Co Sweet Nectar dp be the focal point here.  I used a sentiment from Sweet and Sassy Stamps Your Friendship set and lightly brushed SU's Melon Mambo ink over their corduroy buttons for embellishments.  It's a gray overcast day here, so the bright yellow may be all the sunshine I'm going to get today!
Other supplies include:
Hero Arts polka dot large bg stamp
Spellbinders Nestabilities Ovals
SU Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery cardstock
SU Daffodil Delight ink

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Sweet Peek - Flowers in Bloom

It's another Sweet Peek from Sweet and Sassy Stamps called Flowers in Bloom!  This lovely flower and butterfly image comes along with three beautiful sentiments about flowers and one that says "you bring great joy to my life!"  This is one of the beautiful sets to be released in August and be sure to look out for exciting news to be announced August 15th!
I found these flowers so easy to color - the image was stamped on ivory dp and colored with copics.
Other supplies include:
Stampin Up dp
Mini buttons
MFT faux crochet Die-namic
Memento Tuxedo Black ink

Monday, 8 August 2011

Sweet Peek - Autumn Leaves

I'm excited to show you today a Sweet Peek of a new Sweet and Sassy Stamps set to be realeased in August called Autumn Leaves!  There's lots going on at Sweet and Sassy Stamps during this month, and you won't want to miss their exciting news on August 15th!  
This set has four different leaves and two sentiments celebrating the beauty of fall!  I colored the leaves with copics to match the Basic Grey Indian Summer dp and popped them up using different layers.  It was fun using a color combo which included deep pink along with the traditonal autumn color palette of golds, reds, and browns.  
Other supplies include:
DCWV Nana's Nursery dp
My Favorite Things double scallop Die-namic
Spellbinders Nestabilities Circles, Lacey Circles
Champagne Pearls
Ranger Distress Ink Scattered Straw
Memento Rich Cocoa Ink

Friday, 5 August 2011

Lets Pick Apples!

As soon as I saw this cute digi from Sweet and Sassy Stamps called Rhubarb's Picking Apples, I thought about pairing with an old favorite, red gingham!  I'm such a sucker for red gingham, I guess it's a case of "any excuse"!  I sponged a sky with a cloud cut using Papertrey Ink's cloud die and Versamagic Seabreeze ink.  I also popped up a little strip of polka dot grass using the My Favorite Things grass Die-namic.
I just love the cute bear sentiments that Korin has designed to go with the Rhubarb images!
A Bible verse which I'd also love to use with this Rhubarb is one from the Psalms about the protection and love God has for us as His children:
"Keep me as the apple of your eye, hide me in the shadow of your wings."
Psalm 17:8
Other supplies include:
My Minds Eye, DCWV Guystack, October Afternoon Thriftshop dp
Giant Button,
Spellbinders Circles, Scalloped Circles, Squares, Scalloped Squares
Stampin Up Old Olive, Real Red cardstock

Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Cuppa Joe

I used todays sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers with a fun Rhubarb digi from Sweet and Sassy Stamps called Rhubarbs Cuppa Joe - I'm feeling a bit low on energy and mojo today and this card put me in the mood for a cup of coffee - heading straight for the kitchen after this!
Other supplies include:
Spellbinders Circles, Lacey Circles
My Favorite Things faux crochet Die-namic
Echo Park Life is Good dp
Stampin Up Regal Rose, Early Esspresso, Whisper White cardstock
Gingham ribbon