Groovy Guava Sweet Stems

I was working on cards last week for a home show and wanted to use the Sweet Stems set. I also wanted to use some glitter on the petals. Well I tried this several times with Stickles and crystal effects and glitter and needless to say I knew it would be too hard to do in a workshop setting. So after all was said and done I had 3 of the images with glitter in some form on them. Now I am not one to just throw away the images since they didn’t work out so I thought it would be fun to use the images to create 3 different cards.

I cut each image out using my oval Nestabilities. I then found patterned paper to match the glittered petals and using the patterned paper for the solid cardstock color I cut a scalloped oval to mount the stamped image on.
Since the patterned paper was different sizes, I went with the size to design each card. Here is the first one. I mounted the scallop image oval on a large piece of the patterned paper and added the pretty silk ribbon at the top. Let me know what you think of this one.

inside of card
Stamps: Sweet Stems Paper: Groovy Guava (retired), white, Groovy Guava PP (retired) Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: ribbon (Michael’s), dew drop, Copper Stickles, Oval Nestabilities, sticky tape, dimensionals
Check back later for another card with this set. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Using Punches in Different Ways

The sun is out again today! It is so nice to see the sun after a week of rainy cloudy days. I was checking out my bulbs that were coming up and noticed something ate my bulb shoots around my lamppost. It is probably deer. I have been looking for ways to deter them. Anybody have any ways that have been successful for them?

Okay, on to today’s card. I read a “Be Inspired” challenge on the Cuttlebug blog. The challenge was to use your punches in unusual ways. The first punch I thought of was the scallop edge punch and how you could use it to make a caterpillar. So I grabbed some scrap paper and started playing. After several tries I figured out if you use paper that is 15/16″ wide and line up where you start your paper to punch each time you can create a caterpillar. I was able to create one long one that I cut in half. I still need to work on making it look more real – maybe by sponging on other colors.

After I had my caterpillar I needed some grass for it to be crawling in. I grabbed some scrap strips of green and started cutting. When finished I stuck the caterpillar in the grass and made sure some blades of grass were in front to make it look like it was crawling in the grass. I then used a scallop circle punch to make clouds in the sky. The background is the Bloom Dots Cuttlebug embossing folder. I used chalks to highlight the embossed dots. I added a butterfly charm I got in the beading section of Michael’s. Fun card to do. Here is my creation.

inside of card (sorry it is blurry, still need to figure out what to do to avoid this)

Paper: Glorious Green, Green Galore, Night of Navy, white Ink: Ballet Blue, Summer Sun Accessories: chalks, Basic Black marker, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), butterfly charm (Michael’s), Scallop Circle & Scallop Edge punches, Bloom Dots Cuttlebug Embossing folder, sponges, sticky tape, dimensionals
I hope you pull out your punches and look at them in new and different ways. Thanks for looking and have a great Sunday!

Stamp TV Challenges

I was reading my blogs and noticed Stamp TV/ had a color and sketch challenge this week. I decided to combine the 2 challenges into this card.

The color challenge this week was Barely Banana, Blush Blossom, and Certainly Celery. These are great colors but very pale. As I was thinking about what to do I saw the sketch challenge and knew they would work. The sketch is very simple so I could easily use these colors. I looked through my stamps for a small image and saw this set which I hadn’t inked up yet so I decided to use it. I used my clear gelly roll stardust pen but the sparkle doesn’t show up in the picture. Here is the sketch and my creation.

inside of card


Stamps: Itty Bitty Buds (Hostess Level II), Simple Saying II (retired) Paper: white Ink: Certainly Celery, Palette Noir Black Accessories: Apricot Appeal – Barely Banana markers, ribbon (Pink Hedgehog), Sakura gelly roll clear stardust pen, stick tape
I hope you have some great plans for today. I will be running errands and cutting paper for a workshop tomorrow. I will also squeeze in some stamping time so I have some creations for you to look at this week. Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Missing in Action

Sorry I did not have a post for you today. I was busy working on my taxes. I have been putting it off forever and decided today they had to be worked on. I am happy to say I got them finished and filed. Now I can go back to creating and having fun.

I did receive and award several weeks ago that I forgot to post. Tania sent me this award and I was so excited but life was busy and I didn’t get a chance to post it and we all know what happens with age and our memories. Well I remembered today and had to go searching through all my comments to find it. It is the Hug award. Here is the award and rules.

The rules:
1. Link to the person who gave you the award,
2. Post the award on your blog,
3. Name 10 new recipients, and
4. Notify them they are recipients.

Here my recipients:

Faith – love her colored images

Asela – does a great job of explaining how to use colored pencils

Jan – always makes me laugh with her posts

Sharon – has some great quick card ideas

Ramona – very pretty elegant cards

Anna – does some great vintage cards

Laurie – elegant cards

Charmaine – creates cute cards

Amy – her use of color is very striking

Samantha – does an amazing job with punches

Check out these blogs for some inspiration. I get so many ideas from each of these ladies.

Check back tomorrow for a card. Thanks for looking and have a great day!


Working on Some Easter Cards

I got some new unmounted stamps the other day. I like the Whipper Snapper stamps as they have some cute animal stamps. I had originally wanted to use another image I got but when I went to stamp it I realized I did not have an acrylic block big enough for it. I will be looking for one of those as the stamp is a cute Easter one.

I decided to use this image instead. I had in my mind to make a purple and yellow card. I stamped the image and colored using makers. To make the word pop I outlined the letters with my Elegant Eggplant marker. Once it was finished I mounted in and then went searchin for some patterned paper (I just knew I had purple and yellow plaid in my scrap stash). After that it was a matter of putting the card together. I know in the picture the cardstock looks blue but it is really Almost Amethyst. Hope you like it.

inside of card

Stamps: Curious Bunnies (Whipper Snapper) Paper: Almost Amethyst, Creamy Caramel, Elegant Eggplant, white, patterned paper (not sure where since it was in my scrap stash), Ink: Palette Noir Black Accessories: ribbon (Michael’s), buttons (Pink Hedgehog), Almost Amethyst – Bashful Blue – Creamy Caramel – Elegant Eggplant – Gable Green – Garden Green – Lavender Lace, Only Orange – Pretty in Pink – Yoyo Yellow markers, sticky tape, dimensionals
Have you started working on some Easter Cards? I hope this gives you some ideas. Thanks for looking and have a great Wednesday!