Thursday, April 30, 2015

Project Life - Let's Get Away

I am really starting to get into Project Life.  I picked up some of the retiring card and accessory kits from the Annual Catalog.  I also grabbed the travel one from the Occasions Catalog.  And I knew exactly what I could use it for, a little Project Life album for my whirlwind trip to London at the end of February.  Here are a few pictures of my album.  

Thanks so much for looking.  Have you documented your travels for 2015?  The Let's Get Away Project Life Kit is awesome!  Be sure to check out all the other Spring Break Travel Documentation over at SSI.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Quick and Easy Cards

I decided to try to use up some DSP since I know I will be needing to make room for the fabulous new DSP coming out in the new catalog.  Although I ended up not using very much paper.  I took half a sheet of DSP from the Park Lane set, 10 notecards, some coordinating cardstocks and the Crazy About You Bundle and made a cute set of notecards.  These were quick and easy for sure!

Here is a close up of one of my favorites:  

Thanks so much for looking!  Did you see all the other Quick and Easy Creations over at SSI?  

Friday, April 24, 2015

Friday Favorites - Sweet Taffy DSP

Happy Friday!  I have a sweet treat for you today.  I am featuring some creations using the Sweet Taffy DSP.  This is a fabulous line of DSP that features pretty much all the Brights in our color collection.  The patterns are so fun and colorful!  Here are my cards:

I like the idea of the hexagon print paper along with the hexagon hive die.  

This one uses this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches.  I had so much fun making the rainbow of HAPPY's...with the photopolymer stamps it was so easy!

Thanks for looking!  Did you see the other Friday Favorites from the SSI design team?


Thursday, April 23, 2015

My Paper Pumpkin...another Punch Art Creation

I just love the accordion cards from the February Paper Pumpkin Kit.  After I made my super cool Avengers card, I decided I wanted to try one for My Little Pony.  My daughter is a HUGE My Little Pony fan.  My husband is actually taking her to a convention this summer (he is the BEST dad).  We know all the characters and the songs and the episodes.  So I thought since I did badges for each Avenger, I could do each of the Mane Six's Cutie Mark.  I just LOVE how this turned out!  

The only problem is that I can't get a good picture of the whole thing.  So here are close ups of each panel.  

I used the sentiment from Really Good Greetings along with the splotches from February Paper Pumpkin kit.  

Here is Apple Jack next to her panel.  (I know my daughter needs to brush their hair, right?)  The apples were easy to make, just two small ovals layered on each other and the stem was Cupcake Builder Punch.

Pinkie Pie's balloons were easy too with the small oval punch.

Rarity was tricky...I used the triangle punch to make the diamond shapes.  Then I made the facets with a Night of Navy marker and went over it with Dazzling Details.

Twilight Sparkle was tricky too.  I actually used the Blossom punch and trimmed it down, once in pink and a second time smaller in white.  Then I added the other 5 stars with the chalk marker.

Fluttershy's butterflies were easy with our butterfly punches.  

Rainbow Dash was another one that was tricky.  I used the Cupcake Builder punch for the clouds but I had to hand cut the rainbow.  

This was a lot of fun to make.  I am sure I will find a perfect My Little Pony fan to give it to!  Thanks for looking!  Did you look at all the other Paper Pumpkin Creations from the members of the Design Team over at SSI?  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

April Showers...

We know that April Showers bring May Flowers...well recently we have gotten quite a bit of showers it seems.  So I am looking forward to a lot of flowers!  I made these card perfect to bring a little sunshine to someone who always brings it to others!

I used the Feels Good stamp set for the sentiment and embossed it in gold and layered it on some Gold Foil both cut from the Label Framelits.  The background paper is from the Sweet Dreams DSP.  I just added some Dazzling Details for little sparkly raindrops.  I love it when a card comes together quickly and this one sure did!  Thanks for looking.  Did you see all the April Showers projects over at SSI?  

Monday, April 20, 2015

April Layout Sketch

I love these monthly challenges because they force me to scrap some pictures.  I decided to use this month's sketch to scrap the Easter Bunny pics we had taken, which turned out pretty good.  Here is the sketch:

Here is my layout:

I know I am biased, but darn, those kiddos are so cute!!!!  Thanks for looking!  Be sure to check out all the other layouts and upload your creation over at SSI!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Punch Art that Packs a Superhero Punch!

Today we are showcase some fabulous punch art.  A few weeks ago I made a masculine card inspired by Captain America and I mentioned attempting to make more Avenger cards.  Well that day has arrived, sort of.  Instead of making another individual hero focussed card, I tried my hand at making badges for the six main Avengers.  And to have the room for all six badges, I used one of the accordion cards from the February Paper Pumpkin.  Here is the card:


Here is a close up and a little explanation of each panel.

Captain America was the easiest to make because I had scraps left over from the card I had previously made.  All I needed was circles and a star (this one was from a framelit) in Real Red, Pacific Point and Whisper White.

Thor was also pretty easy, I used the large ticket from the Ticket Duo punch and the word window for Mjolnir (Thor's hammer). I added a little sponging in Smoky Slate as well.

This was my second try with Hawkeye.  Initially I tried to make a bow and arrow, but I decided a target would work better and be each.  I used Rich Razzleberry.  To make the concentric circles, you punch the smaller one first, then punch the larger one around it.  

Iron Man was the hardest and is my least favorite of the panels.  His shape is a little more unique so I was stumped for a bit.  I finally grabbed a die from the Chalk Talk framelits and made it smaller by running the die partially through, then repositioned the die to make it shorter.  I used a bit of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper for the eyes.   

Hulk was easy,I just had to make the a symbol for the gamma radiation responsible for Hulk's powers.  I just used circle punches and the triangle punch to make this one.

Black widow was also a little tricky.  I settled on a spider marked with a red hour glass mark, like the spider itself.  

Punch art is like an experiment with paper.  Sometimes things don't work but other times you end with great results.  You can make just about anything!  Thanks for looking!  Check out all the other Punch Art creations over at SSI.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

A Quick and Easy Thank You (and challenge entry)

Today we are looking at Thank You cards over at SSI.  I decided to combine this with the sketch challenge at Try Stampin' On Tuesday and the color challenge at The Paper Players.  Here are the challenges:

Here is my card:

I took this opportunity to do a quick and easy card as well.  I grabbed two stamp sets (Flamingo Lingo and Itty Bitty Banners), some Coastal Cabana card stock and bakers twine, and some DSP from the All Abloom paper stack.  This was so easy and I just love that little flamingo, especially stamped in Strawberry Slush!    Thanks for looking!  Check out all the Thank You's over at SSI!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Mojo Monday #393

When I first sat the sketch over at Mojo Monday, I knew I needed to make something bold and fun.  Check out the sketch:

I knew this sketch would be a great way to use up some retired DSP.  And I just loved last year's Sale-A-Bration DSP.  The colors were so bright and the patterns were so fun!  Here is my sketch:

Aside from the Sweet Sorbet DSP, I used some Basic Black Cardstock.  The sentiment is from Yippee Skippee and its embossed in Pool Party and matted on Pool Party as well.  I finished it off with some Pool Party candy dots.  What a good mix of old and new stampin' goodies! Thanks for looking!

Freshly Made Sketches #182

I got some quality crafting time today and decided to check out what was going on over at Freshly Made Sketches.  I found a cool sketch and I had a very specific idea when I saw it.  Here is the sketch:

The best part of doing these online challenges is that I cam use whatever I want.  In this case, I wanted to use some retired stamps and accessories.  And I really wanted to make a romantic feeling card.  Here is my take on the sketch:

The colors are Blushing Bride, Soft Suede and Very Vanilla.  I used the En Francis background stamp along with Follow Your Heart from last year's Valentine's Day promotion.  Initially I wanted to use the Eiffel Tower as well but I decided against it.  I added some retired satin ruffle trim in Blushing Bride along with the Chantilly Lace trim.  The sentiment is embossed in Blushing Bride and matted in Blushing Bride that has been embossed for some extra texture.  This card came together quickly and I just love it.  I think it would make for a nice anniversary card.  Thanks for looking!    

Kid's Birthday Cards

For today we are spotlighting birthday cards for kids.  I have a pretty cool one to share, if I do say so myself.  It is a card for a little Army Man loving boy using the Boys Will Be Boys set and the Work of Art set.  Check it out:

Honestly I am thrilled with how this came out.  Initially I was going to sponge on the camouflage background but then I thought about the splotches in the Work of Art stamp set.  I used Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar and Wild Wasabi inks for the background.  Then I used Mossy Meadow for the Paratroopers and the sentiment.  I tied a little Wild Wasabi twine from the Painted Blooms twine set to finish it off.  Be sure to check out the other kid's birthday cards from the designers at SSI.


Monday, April 13, 2015

April Card Sketch

We have a great card sketch for you this month.  For me, I chose to make this a quick and easy card using some fabulous DSP.  Here is the sketch first of all:

And here is my card:

I just love the color combo in this Designer Series Paper.  And the gold just adds such an elegant touch.  Let's see what you can make with this great sketch.  Head back over to SSI to upload your creation and check out the other cards.

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Friday, April 10, 2015

The Friday Mashup #204 and Create with Connie and Mary #350

I got to make a third card today during my son's nap.  I guess this is the one benefit from his teething, these monster size naps.  I not only got to do two challenges, I also tried my hand at a cool new and surprisingly easy fancy fold thanks to Linda Bauwin.    My challenges are for The Friday Mashup and Create with Connie and Mary.  

For this challenge, I am just doing the "Congrats" part.  Although I would love to try a shaker card too...maybe later this weekend I will give it a shot since I never do those cards!

Great colors, right?  Here is my card:

The only problem with the flip cards is that they are hard to photograph because they don't stay closed.  I used a clip to help keep it closed the best I could.  Here it is opened up:

So I decided to go with a star theme.  I thought this would be a great graduation card.  The Circles Flip Card die is just great and all I did was run a normal card base through twice.  It also comes with that scallop circle on the front as well as several other little dies.  The Crushed Curry paper is actually the Irresistibly Yours DSP sponged in Crushed Curry.  I just love this paper and really hope they bring something like this back in the new catalog.  That would be major awesome-sauce!  

The sentiment is from the stamp set Something to Say, and I am glad I used it because it really hasn't seen much ink.  I added some of the Epoxy Stickers that I colored with a Calypso Coral blendability marker.  I added some stars with the Itty Bitty Accents Star Punch and finished it off with some ribbon from Sale-A-Bration.  This card is a little bigger than a normal card and would not fit in a traditional envelope.  But I can easily bust out my Envelope Punch Board and make a custom made envelope, easy peasy, lemon squeezy!  

Thanks for looking!