Monday, March 21, 2011

A Girl and her Dog!

Rainy days and Mondays......always make me stamp!! And surf the web! Can't decide which I like more.  It is such fun to search for inspiration on the wonderful stamping sites and blogs that can be found on the web.  I have been celebrating the First Year Birthday of Color Me Creative website for the last 7 days.  It has been really fun and I have made my last two cards and I have one more to do for the challenges over there at CMC.  The final prize for participating in all the challenges is a Cricuit Expressions machine.  That is one tool that I don't have...  I am keeping my fingers crossed for that drawing.
This cute little girl with her dog is from High Hopes Stamps and it is called Heidi and Mattie.  Aren't they cute?  The challenge was to use pink and green and girls, so Heidi and Mattie fit the bill.  I had no trouble finding some pink and green dp in my stash because I have recently been on a pink paper buying binge.  This may be Daisy D's but unfortunately I'm not sure.  I did distress some of the paper with my new Zutter Tool and cut the scalloped circle with 2 different size Nesties.  I always cut out the middle of those circles and save the center for another project....especially that great glitter paper.  I just put a nice coordinating circle of dp on top of the hole.  This is a pretty simple little card but the sparkle and image make it special.  Thanks for stoppin by to visit.  Would love to have your comments.
Happy Stampin!!
p.s.  I finally figured out how to add my signature....I am a happy girl!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Pink Bildmalarna

I've been celebrating with Suzanne Dean over at Color Me Creative today as she celebrates the first anniversary of her teaching website and magazine, Through the Craftroom Door.  I have learned all of my Copic skills from Suzanne both from her online classes, which are terrific, but I have also had the priviledge to take her On the Road Class when she came to Wilmington, Delaware last year. I still have a lot to learn and Suzanne continues to educate me through her blog and her online videos.  What a great teacher she is and we are having a lot of fun with her as she celebrates.  She is awarding lots a great prizes all week long to participants in challenges and chats and just for checking in all week long.  Hop on over to share in the fun.
My card today is for both the CMC Birthday Bash Sketch Challenge and  Challenge #17 over at  7kidscollegefund challenge blog, which asks for Pink and Flowers.
This image is my first Bildmalarn called Mimosa Wonderful Day and she is colored with my Copics.  I used two different size dies from my scalloped circle Nesties to make the ring behind Mimosa and I added the flowers and swirls in the corner to complete the sketch.  I also added a little bling with my Stickles on her dress and the swirl and flowers.  Have to have sparkle!  I hope you like her.   Thanks for stoppin by.
Happy stampin!

Supplies used:
Paper:  Stampin Up Baja Breeze cardstock and the patterned paper is just from my stash
            glitter paper from AC Moore
Ink:  Momento Tuxedo Black
       Copics:  skin E11, E00, E000, hair E37m E35, E31, E50,
dress R85, R83, R81, RV10, RV0000, BG72, BG10, BG0000
Star Dust Stickles
May Arts 1/4" silk ribbon, Offray lace ribbon
Swirl Die Marianne Dies
Prima Flowers, little plastic squares
Petite Scallop Circle die Spellbinders Nestibilities

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Tea Anyone?

Thank the Lord for this beautiful day in South Jersey!  I am lovin the SUN!  It is still a little chilly, but it's sunny and I'll take it!!  I am in need of several cards for some wonderful friends and I wanted them to be special so this is the first one.  It is another sweet Lily of the Valley image called "coffee break".  I'm a tea drinker, so for me it is Tea for Two! These two girls are obviously good friends because they both love fashion and tea! This is another easel card and this one is 5" square, which is very fun to make because you have so much room to play!  I found this glitter paper at A.C. Moore and had a little trouble spending $1.99 per sheet, but LOOK at it!!  It was definitely worth it.  I love what the sparkle adds to this little card.  The ribbon is a great find from the internet on Etsy.  Don't get started looking at ribbon on the web because it will just draw you right in.  This is distressed seam binding from Memrie Mare.  Her colors are just will want them all.  I added a great little vintage button with a pink edge from my grandmother's button jar. It even has a tiny little piece of old thread on it.  That little button is probably 80 years old or older.  Pretty cool, huh?  Thanks for stoppin by!
Happy Stampin!

Other stuff I used:
Martha Stewart flower border punch,  Stampin Up scallop punch
Spellbinder Nestibilities scalloped circle, vintage button
Paper: Stampin Up cardstock  black, marina mist, blue glitter paper, patterned paper     unknown and Cryogen irredescent white
Copic markers:   R24, R22, R21,R20, R00,
                         E11, E00, E31, E35, E25, E47, E40,
                         BG75, BG72, BG13, BG10,
                         YG17, YG01, YG0000, 
                         Y11, Y06, Y000,

Friday, March 4, 2011

A Card for the Baby!

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This little baby carriage has been one of my "go to" stamps for a long time.  I don't know where I got it or who made it, but it is a keeper.  I like it even more since I have been coloring it with Copics.  Today I needed a brown and pink baby card, which is not typical for a baby color combo but I gave it a try.  I used Stampin Up pretty in pink cardstock for my base card which is a 5 1/4" square easel card.  The patterned papers are from my stash and the beautiful brown silk ribbon is May Arts.  The lace ribbon is from Offray and the brad in the middle of the double bow is from Stampin Up.  I distressed the brown dp with my new Zutter distressing tool.  It is quite a tool.  It takes some getting used to, but I am loving the look.  The image is stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink and cut out with my circle Nestibilities and layered on a petite scalloped circle in pretty in pink. I attached it with some dimensionals to make it stand out a bit.  I used some vellum on the inside for the sentiment and attached it with some cute little corners punched from the pink dp. 
All in all, I am pretty happy with the way it turned out.  Hope you like it.  Thanks for stoppin by!
Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Sweet Invitation

Happy March everyone!  Is it Spring yet??  I am so ready for warm sunshine and daffadils and going to the local greenhouse to get my Spring fix. 
Today I am sharing a sweet little invitation with you.  I am so in love with this cute little baby girl with her stroller full of her favorite little friends....bunny and bear.  I had the challenge to make it brown and pink and to make it work with my Copic markers.  After trying a couple of different shades, I ended up with pretty in pink and soft suede cardstock from Stampin Up to compliment my Copics.  The stamp is from Lily of the Valley in the UK.  Once you check out their stamps, I know you will fall in love as I have with all of their sweet little images.  This invitation is a two sided piece...the image on the front and the information on the back.  This is my favorite style for invitations because I am usually making a lot of them and saving paper counts.  On this one I have layered the front with a piece of vellum embossed with the dotted swiss Cuttlebug folder and then a layer of brown with rounded corners also embossed with the dotted swiss.  I sponged some white on the edges of the brown as well as lightly over the dots to make them show a little more. The image is stamped with Momento black ink and colored with my Copic markers and then run through the Cuttlebug to cut out the scalloped rectangle with my Nestibilities Die. The sentiment was stamped with my Justrite stamper which lets me create any words that I want which makes it perfect for creating a personlized card.  I created the back by putting the information on the computer and then printing it out on vellum.   I hold everything together with the ribbon on the top so that I don't have to mess with adhesives and vellum. The bow is made by punching two holes and feeding the ribbon down and back up to secure all the layers. 
I hope you like her.....she was a big hit with the invitation recipients. 
Thanks for stoppin by!
Happy Stampin!