Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sunflower Wishes

Well, this card was suppose to be for Pals Paper Arts, make a card with a button challenge, but I just missed it!!! I used the bird punch wings for the flower petals and distressed the edges with Basic Brown. Old Olive cardstock is the base for the embossed background using the Petals-a-Plenty folder. I used retired Summer Sun for my flowers and of course some retired cordoroy buttons with a skinny strip of Summer Sun through the middle. Tag punch is for my sentiment "wish" and this card goes to someone special this month of many birthdays! Hope you are having a great week so far!!

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Monday, September 27, 2010


For this Pals Paper Arts Sketch Challenge, I used my Leaves #2 die again and then embossed the leaves! I taped them down to the Brown cardstock then trimmed the edges so they would fit the base. I secured my ribbon first with sticky strip then folded and laid it down. A little cordoroy button with a strip of brown cardstock for the "thread" is safely secured with a little glue dot. Then the sentiment was stamped on this Cricut shape and popped up with some Dimentionals. The sentiment is from the Season of Friendship stamp set. It finally got "cold" here in Cincinnati and finally it feels like fall!!! Hope you have a great week! Blessings!

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Curtain Call #48

I wanted to use this new Leaves Die #2! So the Curtain Call Challenge provided the colors which are bright and fun! I also used the Bigz Two Tags Die for the sentiment and lined if with the DSP. The leaves are made from Hostess Level 1 stack and I distressed the edges a bit with my Rich Razzleberry. I love the textured Rich Razzelberry which provides the background, layered on top of the Peach Parfait textured cardstock as well. The new In Color ribbon tops off this card and a red rhinestone brad ads a bit of bling! If you can see, I stamped French Foliage leaves in the challenge colors on the little tag with the sentiment from the Holiday Mini "Seasonal Sentiments." This set will take me through every holiday this winter!

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Paper Players #16 and SU Only Challenge

My latest award!

Wow, I started my substitute teaching 2 weeks ago and I am pooped out by the end of the day, so stamping has gone by the wayside for awhile. But I am glad to be back to play along with The Paper Players and SU Only Challenges and the fun Leaves #2 die I just got! I have several ideas for this die and can't wait to use the fabric I purchased awhile ago for another project to share! This card uses last year's SU fall DSP which had the beautiful browns and Night of Navy colors in it. I cut out my leaves from that DSP and used my French Foliage for the background of the squares and Thinking of You sentiment and also stamped the middle leaf with some veins from the larger stamp...love this set because it seems so real! Adding the new Glitter Brights brads was fun and what you can't see is the Champaign Mist Glimmer paint that dazzles up the edges of the leaves and the squares as well. Thanks for stopping by and I would love to hear what you think! Are you enjoying the fall? Love this season sooo much! Blessings and Joy!

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Curtain Call Act 46

For this Curtain Call Challenge I chose the Fifth Avenue Floral stamp set paired with the same embossing folder which I sent through my Big Shot using the Top Note Die. I stamped the flowers onto the challenge colors ( see sidebar )and gave them a rhinestone center. Some Tangerine Tango ribbon and some stamping on Whisper White with the same color and a bit of Wild Wasabi distressing added the depth I wanted to add around the edges. I rounded the edges of the card with my corner rounder for a softer finish too. This will become a birthday card to someone special I am sure! I hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments too!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

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Curtain Call Challenge (Act 45)

I absolutely LOVE the colors for this Curtain Call Color Challenge...Pear Pizazz, Concord Crush, and Crumb Cake. So this card was created with 2 stamp sets I got at a Stampaway Convention last year. The flowers were colored in with SU markers and the cardstock and ribbon from the new In Colors. I put the Concord Crush through the Lattice embossing folder for my background. Love the texture it gives any card. I also sponged around the edges of each flower section with Crumb Cake to soften the white background. This will be my card entry for the CC Challenge, but I was on a roll and made 2 more cards with these colors because I thought the combo was so lovely. The other 2 cards are below...let me know which one you like best:) and thank you so much for stopping by. I am blessed by your blog friendship!

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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Pinwheel Pizzaz for Paper Players

It's "anything goes" at the Paper Pl ayers challenge blog! So I will continue with my pinwheel obsession and offer my 3 pinwheel card! I love these happy little embellishments. This time I found some retired Razzleberry Lemonade DSP and made my pinwheels 2 inch squares to fit on the card. Little buttons, with a thin piece of cardstock in the center to look like thread, create a focal point and a scalloped circle punch in Melon Mambo sets them off. A strip of textured crushed curry and a sweet little sentiment popped up with a dimentional makes this card complete! Hope you are having a wonderful week! Blessings to you and thank you for stopping by!

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Curtain Call and PPA

For this challenge card I incorporated the color challenge at Curtain Call and the sketch challenge at PPA! I wanted to try this little pin wheel idea and thought the colors were great for this card! I used the Hostess Level 1 DSP pack for the pinwheel using the Poppy. My trusty little "A Flower for All Seasons" stamp set gave this card the light hearted feel I was going for. I think it will make a sweet Get Well card. The rhinestone brads add that bit of "bling." Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment! I love hearing from my visitors! Have a wonderful weekend too!

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Pals Paper Arts Challenge #56

When I first saw this inspiration picture I was quite intimidated. There are so many elements going on here. But I decided to make my card in honor of the new "face" of Pals Paper Arts and so...the Lattice Embossing Folder for texture, the Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler and Gold for richness and depth, the beads for dimention, and the images to reflect more of the detail. The shoes and purse are adorned with a tiny rhinestone just for some "bling!" Thank you Pals Design Team for always challenging us to "design, create, and imagine!" And by the way, my little shoes and purse were "finds" at a local stamp convention, not SU products. Blessings and Joy!

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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Friends who are teacher cards

Here are a bunch of the cards I made for my teacher friends~ I just sent them off and have a few more to make. They all came out a little differently but oh so fun with the ribbon and button embellishmeht. I guess I feel passionate about encouraging these women because I realized what a hard job it is at times after having done my long term 7th grade Reading sub job last spring! Aren't they colorful and happy? My kitchen is that apple green and it just makes me smile!

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Mom Card

This is the card I created for my neighbor's sons, aged 10 and 11 to give their mom~ I love this retired "Doodle Alphabet" set and just bought it from a sweet fellow blogger friend! You can see I just punched out the tags and stamped on them and colored in the alphabet with Pretty in Pink and Old Olive. A "Sweet Pea" felt flower and pink rhinestone brad tops off the embellishment. Adding a little ribbon to the tags makes it a bit feminine and the scallop punch created just the right touch. It says "Happy Birthday" on the inside. I rounded off the bottom edge for a soft look. As you can see, I am using my retired stamps and accessories alot~ It seems a shame to let them sit around!

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Daisey Bouquet

My neighbor asked me to make his wife 2 cards for her birthday! One from him and one from his 2 sons. This is the card I made for him to give his wife! I used an embossing folder on Certainly Celery and cut out several daiseys, 3 per flower, from the retired sizzlet, and taped them together then secured them with a little retired brad. The flowers are So Saffron and so is the ribbon. I created the leaves by just cutting out the shapes and giving them a little fold in the middle and some Crumb Cake sponging. I also sponged the flower petals in Certainly Celery. The greeting is cut from the Bigz Die Bitty Box. Hope the "Mrs." likes it and is impressed her hubby wanted her to have something made especially for her! Tomorrow I will post the card I made for her sons to give mom. Thanks for visiting and I would love your comments! Blessings and Joy!

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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Paper Players In Honor of Teachers!

The Paper Players color challenge just reminded me of blackboards and late summer apples! I am creating some cards to send to my teacher friends as they go back to school to encourage their hearts as they step into the lives of children. They do make a difference. I can tell, because I am a substitute and I so admire each teacher as I attempt to cover their classes! So this card is in honor of all teachers heading back to the classroom. It is a retired "apple" set inked up in Cherry Cobbler with a touch of Crumb Cake for the stem and leaf. The fun punch adds a flavor of classroom and I created the little ribbon by cutting out a thin strip, adding some fake stitching, not very good cuz I wanted to get this card posted~ A strip of sticky strip holds the fake ribbon on. I used the new DSP Newspaper Print and Love Letter as well. A button adds a touch of homemade love! Have a wonderful weekend! Blessings and Joy!

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Summer's End

The theme of this card was inspired by the Curtain Call color challenge. The layout is inspired by Mojo Monday! Summer is winding down and the tips of trees are changing a bit...There is still a glimmer of time to have that last bit of summer fun, like swinging on a tire! This retired SU set, Branch Out, has always been a favorite. So this card is dedicated to the last couple weeks of our summer break before getting back to school daze...and for me, substitute teaching!!

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