Monday, April 28, 2008

Leftovers Redeux

I am still working on leftover pieces from stamp clubs! I think this is my final attempt though...I call this "leftovers redeux" because I took the basic shapes and added more to them. Here is the original scratch n sniff card:
A little rough, very simple, but take those four pieces of card stock and voila! Here's what I came up with:

It's a far cry from the original version, but definitely an improvement! Thanks for stopping by and checking out my leftovers!


Lemonade from lemons...

Today's personal task was to take more leftovers from past card club meetings and finish them. In the process, I went to stamp an image that was supposed to be amethyst but turned out more green & yellow due to the fact I had not cleaned my stamp! So, what do ya do when stamping hands you a lemon???? You design a new card around it! Here is my original creation (that I was trying to duplicate)...

And here is my Lemonade....

The colors may be a little off due to the scanner (those are copper brads in the flower center), but I think I like the new version better than the old! I can't believe how different this card looks...and it all started with a mistake! Go figure.

Lemonade out of lemons.


Saturday, April 26, 2008


Today I had the honor of teaching my downline's monthly Stamp Club. We made Mother's Day gift sets for the upcoming holiday. One thing that always seems to get the better of me is leftovers. You you prepare for a class you cut your materials, etc. and, if you are like me, cut extra "just in case" something goes wrong...and then at the end there is usually a few pre-made items left over. Well today I had left over stamped tissue paper that we had used for our candles (I had pre-stamped the images to save time). I decided that I must put them to good use now instead of storing them for a later purpose---which I would normally have done!

I recently saw a technique called faux silk on Linda's blog and thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out. Here is what I made...

The stamped images are the leftover tissue paper from today's class. Using the same color palette, I worked two totally different cards from the images. Not bad for a bunch of leftovers, I'd say!

Green Card:
Paper- Wild Wasabi; Afternoon Tea DSP; Whisper White
Ink- Wild Wasabi; Groovy Guava; Chocolate Chip; Soft Sky
Stamps- Live Your Dream; Baroque wheel
Accessories- Love & Happiness rub-ons; Brown stitched ribbon, tissue paper; corner rounder

Guava Card:
Paper- Groovy Guava Textured card stock & DSP; Soft Sky; Whisper White
Ink- Groovy Guava; Soft Sky; Wild Wasabi; Chocolate Chip
Stamps- Live Your Dream; Baroque wheel; All Holidays
Accessories- Paper piercing tool & template; Tissue paper; Black Pen; Black brads; Large Oval Punch; Key Tag punch; corner rounder

I hope this inspires you to create something with your leftovers!!


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Mother's Day Project

WOW! It has been a while! I have been busy, busy, busy preparing for our move next month! Where does the time go??

Today my topic is Mother's Day. I just finished a gift project that I am absolutely in love with. I think I will make one for every "mom" in my family!

The set includes a handmade memo board for the fridge, a hand stamped candle and a cute little basket for Mom. I have yet to make a coordinating card, but I am sure I will! I also have not decided what I will fill the basket with. Tea...chocolates...tiny flowers??

Here are the details:

Stamps: Live Your Dream
Ink: Groovy Guava, Wild Wasabi, Chocolate Chip
Supplies: White candle (I got this one from the Dollar Tree), white tissue paper, wax paper, heat gun

Stamps: Live Your Dream; Short Order Alphabet
Ink: Soft Sky; Versamark; Pastels (Coral, Olive and Chocolate Chip)
Paper: Afternoon Tea DSP; Groovy Guava; Whisper White
Supplies: Cork Tiles (5x5-Hobby Lobby); Clear Push Pins; Ribbon; Magnet Strips; Staples

Stamps: All Holidays
Ink: Chocolate Chip; Groovy Guava
Paper: Afternoon Tea DSP, Whisper White, Soft Sky
Supplies: Marvy Scallop Oval (pink)



Friday, April 4, 2008

Another Baby Card

I got an email from a friend today reminding me about a swap I had joined while in CA. OOPS! I had totally forgotten! I needed to make 10 cards using SU materials. Luckily, they are not due (yet!) so I had time to knock them out today! I have to thank Chris for the inspiration...I CASED this card from her! So here it is, and it's another baby card! (what is it with the babies on the brain??!!??)
I know this looks REALLY pink, but I actually used Groovy Guava Textured card stock and DSP. The lighter card stock is actually Blush Blossom. I was surprised by how well it went with the lighter stripes in the DSP.

I used Certainly Celery ribbon and ink and green beads on the scallop (Marvy-pink one).
The ribbon at the top is Groovy Guava with the stitching removed. The polka dots are from my Three for You punch box (stamped with Groovy Guava ink) and the moon image is from So Many Scallops. This is just a basic pocket card. You can find instructions here.

Thanks for visiting. Hope you like the cards!


Thursday, April 3, 2008

Rub On...and on...and on..

Today's challenge on Splitcoast was to use rub-ons. I have been a big fan of rub ons for a while now. I love adding them to scrap book pages, cards, frames...really anything I can get my hands on! So here is my submission:

This card used no stamps at all-just rub ons. Pay special attention to the butterfly. I dry embossed a circle into the center of my scallop and applied the butterfly image. I then sponged ink over the image leaving a really neat white outline around the butterfly. Hope you enjoy!

Card Details:
Paper: Cameo Coral, Wasabi Textured, Whisper White
Ink: Cameo Coral
Accessories: Rub Ons, Scallop punch

Have a great day!


What inspires you??? Maybe a picture, a quote, your kids? Browsing through the Splitcoast challenges the other day, I decided I needed some inspiration. There were many good was finding inspiration in your home. I looked around...NOPE. No inspiration here. At least not on that day. I remembered seeing a card that was inspired by a catalog picture of bedding and I thought..."Now THAT'S an idea!" So I went to to look at bedding. Something tugged at me when I ran across this set:
I don't know if it was the colors...I think it was the wavy pattern that got me thinking. I have one of the old Creative Memories 12 inch decorative cutters and knew I could make a similar pattern with it. So off I went!
Here's what I created:
I may have gone a little overboard with the glitter (thanks splitcoast bling challenge!), but I think it turned out okay. Here are the details:

Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Paper: Eggplant, Amethyst, Lilac, Gable Green, Whisper White
Stamps: Embrace Life bamboo image; Love & Joy
Accessories: Cosmo Glitter in purple and green, rub-ons