Friday, July 29, 2011

I've Got To Crow.

I just love this new Designer Series Paper called Beau Chateau. It reminds me of old time wallpaper. I saw this sheet with the chicken wire image on a Pink Pirouette background and immediately thought of the chicken from the stamp set"Countryside" Doesn't it go perfect with this paper? Anyway the rooster print with the Pink Pirouette and Marina Mist flower pattern is on the back of the chicken wire paper. So I took a piece and ripped it diagonally and then sponged the edges with Soft Suede. I wasn't really sure where I wanted to put the vintage ribbon or antique brad so I kind of just closed my eyes like Pin the Tail on the Donkey and well here you go! Not sure if I like it there or not but it's staying put. The whole time I was working on this card, I thought of my stamping friend in Arizona, Di Gibbs, who is an awesome stamper and who has several chicks that she is always talking about. So this one is for you Di! Hope you like it.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Tart and Tangy Leaving Us Too Soon!

I mean, look at these two stamp images, the apple and lime from Tart and Tangy. They go perfect with the Berry Blossoms Designer Specialty Paper that is new this year. On the top one I used the new Just Thank You stamp that I am in love with. I love the crispness of the font and I stamped it in Early Espresso.
On this second card I used Lucky Limeade in the ink and cardstock. Just saying Lucky Limeade makes me pucker. I love limeades in the summer. My husband and I, when we were dating, use to ride our bikes down to the beach to an old drugstore that still had a soda fountain and get fresh squeezed limeades. They were the best. Okay back to this card. I used the scallop punch to add another layer of Lucky Limeade to the strip of Whisper White and Berry Blossoms DSP. Then I took my white gel pen and dotted all the scallops. Isn't it something how certain stamp sets get used at first and then pushed to the back, never to been used again until they retire. I hope I'm not pushed to the back when I retire!!! I hope I can be better about using older stamps this year that are in the current catalog. I get so hung up on the minis sometimes that I forget about the catalog stamps. Do you do that as well? I think if I could cram a few more hours into the day I could use them more. Anybody buying that one? Well going to go work on my Open House projects today. I hope you all have a great Sunday.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Convention Blues

I missed Convention this year because of it being scheduled earlier and because my dad turned 80 this week and I wanted to see him and celebrate this milestone with him. My mom and dad are now both 80 and although Dad moves a little slower these days and is hard of hearing (even though he says he's not) they still get around pretty well.

So sometimes you just can't do it all right? And with that being said, I am still sorry I missed convention. If you have never been, let me tell you, it is so much fun. You laugh and meet new friends. You get free stuff, learn new stamping techniques, and get to see sneak previews. There are a lot more perks but the friendships are the best. So to ease my little convention depression, I stamped and stamped and stamped these last couple days. I just love the new designer papers. The ideas just run through my head and then of course most of them I can't remember when I sit down to create!!!! Any of you out there know what I mean? I bet there are a few of you.

Anyway today I made cards with the Berry Blossoms DSP (Designer Series Paper). It incorporates the new In colors this year and I just love them. This first card uses Calypso Coral and Early Espresso card stock, as well as inks in the same colors. I used a piece of the the new Scallop Dots Ribbon in Chocolate Chip and for my stamped image, I used one of the stamps from the new Hostess set in the catalog called Posey Punch. What I like about this set and a lot of SU's stamps is that they can be used with punches so you don't have to do all that cutting out! Unless you are like my friend, Tracey Old in New Zealand, who loves to cut and does a great job. (Oh did I mention she's a hairdresser by day?) Ha! Go figure.

This next card uses Wisteria Wonder Card stock and ink as well. I used my Sissix Fun Flowers Die with the Big Shot and then sponged the edges with some more Wisteria Wonder Ink and assembled and put a Early Espresso Designer Button in the middle of it. The sentiment comes from a new set called Petite Pairs. I didn't take a picture of the inside of the card but it completes the outside saying "so many smiles" with "begin with you" stamped on the inside.

I hope you like the cards today. If you have never stamped and are interested in trying it, give me a call or email me. Click on the daisy up in the right side of this blog. It will take you to my Stampin Up website with my contact info as well as a link to order anything you have seen here today. I will be happy to help you in any way possible.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Welcome To The Zoo

I have finally had some time to sit and play with my stamps and try some of the challenges out there. They really do help get your juices flowing! Today I tried the Stampin' On Tuesday and Just Add Ink challenges. I was able to do both with this card. The zebra is from the new set "Zoo Review". I took some twine and made a tail out of it.

This was my first card for Stampin On Tuesday which really didn't excite me too much but I figured I'd put it up here since I haven't posted in awhile.

Finally I want to say Happy 80th Birthday to my dad. I traveled 650 miles on Friday to surprise him with my daughter, Katie, and came home Monday. Such a quick trip but so worth it.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July

I remembered seeing this bird in the "In Wilderness" set and thought he would make a great 4th of July card. He looks so proud and regal. Then I got to thinking (there I go again) and wondered if this bird was an eagle or a falcon or what. Not sure but I'm going with the eagle!!! I watercolored him with Soft Suede and a little Chocolate Chip ink. More Mustard for his beak. Matted him on Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy card stock with punched stars. I hope whatever you are doing today is fun but safe and remember our service men and women overseas. Proud to be an American!!!!