Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cupcake Inspiration + Love Bear=True Love


Hello friends! :) I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. I am here to share my creation for this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, which is sponsored by Prairie Fairy. My apologies for getting this posted so late. It has been a crazy busy weekend around here.


When I saw the cupcake inspiration photo above, I immediately knew I wanted to use vellum cardstock. Those frosty looking cupcake liners just spoke to me.

Recently I've noticed a couple of my crafty friends setting their Copic markers aside and reaching for their colored pencils instead. It has been ages since I've used my Prismacolor colored pencils and Gamsol mineral spirits, so I thought I'd give it a whirl. Goodness gracious...my colored pencils skills must be really rusty, because it to me forever to color this image from the Anita Be Stampin Love Bear rubber stamp set.

My first attempt at coloring this image involved me coloring directly on the vellum cardstock. I quickly admitted defeat and decided rather to color on white cardstock and then layer vellum cardstock on top to achieve the frosted look I was going for. I am really happy with the way this card turned out, and so I am going to be sending this off to a special friend that I know could use a big love filled hug.




This is what the colored image looked like before I layered the vellum cardstock over it. It looks like that vellum helped hide a few imperfections, didn't it!?! LOL

Please join us over at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog to see all of the creations made by the CIC DT Sweeties and play along in the challenge.

Lots of love,



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Love Bear cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI ssw, aqua, blush, vellum carstock
Ink/coloring mediums: Memento Tuxedo black, Prismacolor colored pencils, Gamsol mineral spirits
Accessories: Divine Twine, Nesties, SU punches, Fiskars apron lace border punch, AC ribbon, Cuttlebug Perfectly Paisley embossing folder

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Anita Be Stampin Release Day


Today is the day! :) Anita Be Stampin is releasing new cling mounted rubber stamp sets…woot woot! Check out all of the “lovely” new rubber stamps available now at Anita Be Stampin. Be sure to stop by the Anita Be Stampin Blog today to see a ton of fabulous projects using newly released rubber stamp sets. There could be a chance for you to win rubbah there! (wink, wink)

Here we have a little card I made using the Anita Be Stampin Love Bear cling mounted rubber stamp set. That heart is so perfect for paper piecing. I just had to give it a try using some We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack pp, which is one of my favorite ever Valentine themed paper collections. I sure hope you like it! ;)



P.S. There's still time to participate in the Anita Be Stampin Challenge for a chance win a $15 gift certificate. Check out all the details at the ABS Challenge Blog.

Have a great weekend!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Love Bear cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI ssw, kraft, aqua, SU real red, We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack pp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU real red, Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU ribbon, Bella baubles

Friday, January 28, 2011

Anita Be Stampin Sneak Peek Day 2

Well hello there! :) Can you believe that there is only one more day left until 5 new cling mounted rubber stamp sets are released at Anita Be Stampin? Believe it! LOL I am excited to be back today, along with the rest of the the ABS DT, to share a sneak peek of another soon to be released rubber stamp set. Swing by the Anita Be Stampin Blog to check out all of the previews, and prepare to be inspired! ;)

All new cling mounted rubber stamp sets will be available on Saturday, Jan. 29th at Anita Be Stampin.

Today I am sharing a sneak peek of the soon to be released Bears & Bunches cling mounted rubber stamp set. This was such a fun image to color! All of the flowers gave me all kinds of opportunities to match my patterned paper using my favorite coloring medium, Copic markers. I just love to color. ;)




Please stop back tomorrow for Anita Be Stampin rubber stamp release day! I hope to see you there! :)

Crafty hugs,



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Bears & Bunches cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI cream, kraft, ocean, SU saffron
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU choc chip, Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU punches, EK success embossed curve border punch, Melissa Frances twill jumbo ric rac, SU button, twine

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Anita Be Stampin Sneak Peek Day 1

Happy Thursday, peeps! I have exciting news to share with you today! Anita Be Stampin is releasing new rubber stamp sets on Saturday, and the ABS DT is sharing sneak peeks of the new images starting today. Check out all of the fabulous sneak peeks at the Anita Be Stampin Blog. You won't be disappointed! ;)

All new cling mounted rubber stamp sets will be available on Saturday, Jan. 29th at Anita Be Stampin.

Today I am sharing a sneak peek of the soon to be released Monster Hugs cling mounted rubber stamp set. I absolutely adore this stamp set! This set of mini note cards with matching envelopes would be perfect for Valentine's Day.

Monster Hugs mini note cards


Inside


Matching envies


I thought these mini note cards would be great for little ones to give to their school mates. They went together easy enough that I think making enough for a classroom would be totally do-able. I hope you like 'em! :) Please stop back tomorrow for more sneak peeks of the adorable rubber stamps releasing on Saturday.

Have a great day!




Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Monster Hugs cling mounted rubber stamp set
Paper: Cryogen white, SU pretty in pink, summer sun, PTI aqua, We R Memory Keepers Heart Attack pp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU mini envelopes, heart punch

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

ABS Challenge #5 - Hey Hottie


Happy Tuesday, friends! :) I hope you are having a fabulous week! I am stopping by to share my creation for this week's Anita Be Stampin Challenge. ABS Challenge #5 brings another sketch to inspire you, and you could win a $15 Anita Be Stampin gift certificate just for playing along. Check out all of the details on the ABS Challenge Blog. Here is this week's sketch:


I used the Anita Be Stampin Devilish Diva rubber stamp set on this card. This image is totally naughty and perfect for Valentine's Day! My friend, Tracy, inspired me to try to give this gal a little eyeshadow. What do you know...I really liked the way it turned out! I created the the eyeshadow using a range of warm gray Copic markers, and I topped it off with a bit of Copic spica glitter pen to add shimmer.


Please stop by the Anita Be Stampin Challenge Blog to check out all of the inspiration based on this sketch and to play along!

Happy stamping!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Devilish Diva rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI ssw, blush, Prism dark red, MME Love Nest pp
Ink: SU burgundy, Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, Copic spica glitter pen, tulle

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

ABS Challenge #4 - Birthday Cooper


Happy Tuesday, peeps! :) Have you heard the good news!?! We are gettin' back in the swing of things over at the Anita Be Stampin Challenge Blog. ABS Challenge #4 brings another sketch to inspire you, and you could win a $15 Anita Be Stampin gift certificate just for playing along. Check out all of the details on the ABS Challenge Blog. Here is this week's sketch:



You love the sketch, right? ;) I decided to use the Anita Be Stampin Celebration Cooper rubber stamp set on this card, and I really like the way it turned out. Could it be that adorable October Afternoon paper I have been hoarding for forever and a day that I finally decided to use? LOL Don't you just hate it when you love both sides of a piece of double sided patterned paper so much that you can hardly dream of slicing it up. Yup. I thought you could relate. LOL

Please stop by the Anita Be Stampin Challenge Blog to check out all of the lovely creations made based on this sketch and to play along!

Have a terrific day!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Celebration Cooper rubber stamp set
Paper: PTI SSW, cream, moss, October Afternoon This Little Piggy pp
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, EK Success embossed curve border punch, PTI ribbon

Sunday, January 16, 2011

A Great Pair


Hi everybody! :) I hope you are having a great weekend. I'm here to share my card for the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, which is sponsored by Crop Stop this week.


Oooo...look at that gorgeous cupcake in the inspiration photo for the challenge. The first thing that popped out at me was that tiny playing card. Not only do I love the colors, I think that playing card is adorable!

I struggled making this card a bit. I knew that I wanted to give it to my guy, so I had to keep it light on frou frou. It looks a little plain to me, but every little thing that I tried to add really didn't look right. I think Joe will love it all the same! ;)



Here is an image of the Ace of Hearts that I'd love to share with you. I whipped this up quickly in Photoshop...nothin' fancy at all here. ;) Just click on the image to make it bigger, then right click and save it to your computer, and print at the actual size. You will have the perfect size to create a playing card perfectly sized for a greeting card. I used a paper trimmer to trim around the edges to make a 1.5 x 2.5 in. rectangle, and then I used the SU corner punch to round the corners of the rectangle shape.

Don't forgot to swing on over to the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge blog to see all of the creations by the other CIC DT Sweeties. Join us for this week's challenge for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate from Crop Stop...gotta love that!

Happy stamping!



Stamps: Anita Be Stampin Cherry Sweet rubber stamp sentiment
Paper: Cryogen white, SU black, PTI blush, Teresa Collins Bella Girl XOXO pp
Ink: Palette noir
Accessories: SU punches

Sunday, January 9, 2011

You and Me, Baby


Hello friends! :) It's Sunday, and that means it's time for another Cupcake Inspiration Challenge...woot woot! This week the CIC is sponsored by Bugaboo Stamps, who has provided digi images for the design team to work with.


Here is the inspiration photo for the challenge. Do these cupcakes look baby-licious or what!?!? ;) I love the frosting colors on these super adorable cupcakes.

I based the layout of the card on Card Patterns sketch #97. When I saw this adorable card by Lindsay of Note to Self, I knew that I wanted to make a similar card. I love, love, love the way she used the ribbon on her card. Thanks so much for the added inspiration, Lindsay!

Please join us at the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge Blog to see the creations from the other CIC DT Sweeties and play along in the challenge.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Stamps: Bugaboo digi image
Paper: PTI SSW, summer sunrise, moss, SU melon mambo, DCWV Sweet pp
Ink: Copic markers
Accessories: Nesties, SU punches, Schiff ribbon, CB swiss dot embossing folder

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, friends! :) Can you believe that the end of the holiday season is here!?! Is that a collective sigh of relief that I hear? LOL While the holidays have been lovely, I am looking forward to the new year and all of the new opportunities ahead.

It's Sunday, so that means it's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge time...woot woot! Karber Digital is sponsoring the CIC this week, and one lucky challenge participant will receive 2 Karber digi images of their choice. We'd love to have you play in the challenge by creating a project based on the luscious cupcakes above!



I created this card inspired by the cupcake photo using a quote stamp from Unity and a whole lot of distressing. The patterned paper is from the 6x6 Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 Mini Deck. Circa 1934 is such a gorgeous paper line...I just love it! I typically like to use these crumpled layers on sentiment focal point cards, but I'm not totally impressed with the way it turned out this time. Eh...we win some, we lose some, right? ;)

Don't forgot to swing by the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge blog to drool over the creations from the other CIC DT Sweeties and play along in the challenge!

Thanks for stopping by!



Stamps: Unity
Paper: 6x6 Cosmo Cricket Circa 1934 Mini Deck, SU vanilla, black, riding hood red
Ink: SU riding hood red
Accessories: EK Success embossed curve border punch, Schiff ribbon, MS butterfly punch