Sunday, March 31, 2013

Happy Easter

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter.  Our little girl was so excited by her Easter basket that she had asked if we could call the Easter Bunny to thank him.  I think we will have her write a note instead.  Here is a quick lay out I made this morning using this years photo with the Easter Bunny.


I decided to used the Patio Party paper because it was so fun and it had butterflies...I love butterflies.  This layout did not take long, one of the many reasons I love using SU! products...the projects create themselves sometimes.


And here are two Easter cards I created for a customer, I had to keep some samples for myself.  Again more butterflies, but this time instead of setting them off with a rhinestone, I added some Dazzling Details for some sparkle.  And how awesome if that flower from the Oh, Hello stamp set?  Then I tried my hand at some punch art to make a bunny.  I had some of the Flirtatious DSP from last year for the background.  

In a little but but we will be off to my parents house from an Easter Egg hunt and Easter dinner, but I had to share my quick Easter projects with you.  Hoppy Creating!  :)  

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Butterflies

My blog has been a little quiet recently. I had been helping at my daughter's preschool and I will be blogging more about that since I was definitely being crafty there.  This weekend, I did get some time to work on some cards with some fabulous new butterfly products I had ordered.  The stamps and punches go together like peanut butter and chocolate!  Okay, so I have also been enjoying some Easter candy while crafting.  On with some photos.  The first set would be great for the beginner stamper.    


This first card is so simple...one sheet of paper, two stamp sets, three colors and my paper snips to create a custom made die cut card.  


This one is a little trickier...I did some masking and quite a bit of Big Shot-ing.  


Here is just a few punches and the awesome Oh, Hello stamp set.  I used some of my favorite colors here; Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Lucky Limeade.  



I really love this color combo, the Raspberry Ripple and Summer Starfruit go so well together.  And I was so happy to finally use the Hexagon embossing folder.  I don't do a lot of white on white, but I think I will start....it is such a simple but dramatic look.  


Here are some stepped up butterfly themed cards.  Some have a vintage style to them...a style I am really starting to get into.


I love this card...it was inspired by a fellow stamper.  I love the color combo and all the sponging. 


I love the Coral Calypso and Crumb Cake together in this card.  And a little bit of Dazzling Details makes this butterfly sparkle...its much better in person!



This card was also inspired by a fellow stamper.  I loved the Postage Due stamp set, but I haven't really used it enough.  Well that is about to change.  


And finally this card uses all sorts of goodies; both butterfly punches, the petite curly label punch with matching stamp sets to go with and the Print Poetry DSP card stack.  The patterns in card stack are awesome, perfect for all occasions!


I hope you enjoyed my creations.  I hope to be back soon with a sneak peek at what I had been doing at my daughter's preschool!  

Friday, March 15, 2013

Love at First Stamp Spring Blog Hop



Welcome to my page.  Hopefully you have been following our blog hop and have just come from Susan's Blog checking out her fabulous Mother's Day projects.  I will be sharing with you some great projects for Memorial Day.  I love the patriotic holidays...after all I did get married on July 4th.  So I was so excited to created some patriotic projects.  The first is a Thank You card that would be perfect for any serviceman/woman.  It was inspired by this awesome sketch done by Jennifer Campbell.  


And here is my take on it.  I used Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, and Very Vanilla  card stock, some DSP from the Comfort Cafe pack, and the heart Itty Bitty Buttons.  I did both wet and dry embossing here using the Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder with some Versa Mark for the From My Heart stamp.  On the card stock flags, I used the following embossing folders; Square Lattice, Argyle and Fancy Fan and of course my Big Shot.  I can't imagine crafting without it.  Finally I added some Cherry  Cobbler card stock on top of the buttons and topped it off with Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.  


And here are few other Americana projects, perfect for Memorial Day through Labor Day.  The first is a banner I created using the fabulous Designer Rosette Big Shot Die.  This was SO easy to make, I have one for every season.  Again I used Midnight Muse and Cherry Cobbler, but this time I also used Whisper White and some of the Silver Glimmer Paper.  I used the patterned paper in Midnight Muse and Cherry Cobbler from the DSP paper stacks.  My favorite alphabet stamp, Morning Post, was perfect for the spelling Liberty.  I finished it off with some Silver flowers made with the scallop circle punch and a little dot of Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Details.  I adhered the rosettes to a strip of cardboard for stability and then finished it off with some Midnight Muse stitched satin ribbon.    


And finally is another home decor piece.  I used the Fashionable Hearts Sizzlits a few times (to say the least) to create this "sweet heart."  Again, I stuck with Midnight Muse, Cherry Cobbler, and Whisper White, this time on mounted on Crumb Cake card stock.  I added the USA banner using the Notable stamp set with some Cherry Cobbler baker's twine and pennants created with the Petite Pennants Punch.  It's such a simple idea and I love the way it turned out. 



Thanks for checking out my projects.  Please leave a comment and subscribe to my blog!  Now hop on over to Gail's page to see what she has to show us for Father's Day!

Saturday, March 9, 2013

The sky is the limit!

I love how with a little imagination, inspiration, and the right tools, I can transform paper into anything I want.  Here is a decor piece I made for my craft room.  Its like a little printers tray made completely out of paper.  I used Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, and Island Indigo.  These colors will most likely retire come May, so I am going to enjoy them while I can!


Here is a close up of the first row.  I used a little bit of everything in each compartment.  I inked everything to give it some visual interest.  I love the pearls on the butterflies! 


For the middle row, the sentiment is from the Pursuit of Happiness stamp set, which is one of my favorites.  I also made a little spinner which does move.


On the last row, I used the bird from the Language of Friendship stamp set and the Bird Builder Punch.


Here is a list of supplies used:

Card Stock: Lucky Limeade, Pool Party, Island Indigo, and Whisper White
DSP: 2011-2013 In Colors Paper Stack
Ink: Lucky Limeade, and Pool Party, and Island Indigo
Punches: Curly Label, Decorative Label, 1" Square, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border, Large Oval, Boho Blossoms, Bird Builder, 3/4 " Circle
Big Shot and the following Big Shot Supplies: Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Beautiful Wings Embosslits, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits, Floral Fusion Sizzlits, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder
Accessories: Pearls, Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, 3/8" Designer Printed Brads, Island Indigo and Lucky Limeade Baker's Twine

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mini Album


I made this little mini album awhile back, but wanted to share it on my blog.  It uses some of my favorite pictures of my daughter along with some fantastic DSP from Stampin' Up!  The album is really easy to make and would be great for any special occasion that you would like to document where you only have a few pictures.  Here I used the Razzleberry Splash Simply Scrappin' Kit along with coordinating cardstock, ribbons, DSP and other accessories.  I ordered this kit right away because of the fabulous color combo: Lucky Limeade, Rich Razzleberry, Pink Pirouette, and Night of Navy.    


Opening up the album, it seems fairly simple, but then you realize there is so much more!


Each page folds up and out to reveal several more pictures.  You can add a spot for journalling the whole album or adding captions for each picture.  


Here is one of the pages I just decorated with some of the amazing card stock stickers.  


And the back, embellished with a fun embossed, layered flower.  


Here is a complete list of SU! supplies used to make this album.  

Razzleberry Splash Simply Scrappin' Kit (with lots left over!)
2011-2013 In Color Designer Series Paper Stack
Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Regals Designer Series Paper Stack
Brights Designer Buttons
3/8" Taffeta Ribbon in Not Quite Navy and Perfect Plum
Fun Flowers Bigz L Die
Vintage Wallpaper Embossing Folder
Buttons #5 Sizzlits
Notable Stamp Set
Paper trimmer
Simply Scored
Big Shot

Thanks for looking!  Happy crafting!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

More Home Decor Pieces

Like I said yesterday, I am ready for spring.  So my plan is to use my paper crafting skills to add some spring time decor around our house.  Today I added some paper and ribbons to a pillar garden. 


For the shortest candle, I just added a few pieces of ribbon.


For the tallest candle I used some of the Floral District DSP along with some Tangerine Tango punched with the eyelet border punch.


For the medium candle I used more of the Floral District DSP with Lucky Limeade punched with the pinking hearts border punch.  This time I added a coiled flower made from the Tangerine Tango polka dot scallop ribbon with some Lucky Limeade leaves made with the Little Leaves Sizzlits Die.  


I can't emphasize enough how easy this was to make.  I am excited to add more spring decorations around my house, even though we might get some snow next week.  Enjoy the weekend and I will be back on Monday with some more great paper creations.     

Friday, March 1, 2013

Home Decor Pieces

Paper is an amazing thing...there is so much more you do with it besides scrapbooking and card making.  I have a small space in my kitchen that needed something.  So I have made these little seasonal signs.  I will begin with the one I made today, which I can honestly say took me about an hour to make.  With Stampin' Up! supplies, everything is so easy to mix and match.  All banners use the Morning Post alphabet stamp set and the Designer Rosette Die for the Big Shot.  These rosettes are so easy to make!  Here I used the Floral District DSP with matching card stock and ribbon to make a fun spring banner.  I am just starting to making my own flowers out of paper using our awesome punches.   


Below is a banner I made for Valentine's Day using the More Amore DSP along with coordinating card stock and accessories.  


Here is my Christmas banner using the Be of Good Cheer DSP with matching card stock, ribbons and buttons.

This was actually my first banner I made and I still love it.  The Orchard Harvest DSP is perfect for fall.


I still want to add more spring decorations around my house even though its only the first day of March.      I wish everyone a wonderful and creative weekend!