Saturday, 30 June 2012

A quick and simple card for IBSIC #15...

I've been super busy making cards for my card company these past few days, but I still wanted to participate in this weeks challenge over at Inspired by Stamping.
 
The challenge is Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge #15 and asks for a creation using red, white and blue. 

So this challenge inspired me in two ways:
1.  To use a color combo that I don't usually use
2.  To create a quick, CAS card

Here is the inspiration photo:



 And here is my card.  Hope you enjoy...




cardstock:

pool party

cherry cobbler

whisper white

presto patterns specialty designer series paper



ink:

cherry cobbler classic

pool party classic

pool party stampin' write marker

cherry cobbler classic refill

versamark



bling and things:

clear embossing powder



tools and toys:

heat tool

embossing buddy

stampin' dimensionals

photo corners punch

stamping sponges

snail adhesive

stamp-a-ma-jig



stamp sets:

teeny tiny wishes

nature's nest


{heart},









Thursday, 28 June 2012

IBSIC #13 1st place win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I woke up this morning a little groggy and wishing it were Friday, or better yet, Saturday.  I thought I would take a minute and see if Joanna had posted a new challenge over at Inspired by Stamping and when I got there I found that I had been chosen as the winner for her thirteenth challenge. YAY!  I am so thrilled!  

There were some amazing cards.  All the ladies who participated made such wonderful projects;  I feel so honoured to have been chosen from amongst those projects.  In the future, I will have the privilege of being a featured artist in a challenge at IBS; what an honour!

What a great day :)  I have some new blog-bling on the right-hand side of my blog, to admire, a winning card to give to someone special, a great new challenge to start thinking about, and guest spot to look forward to! 

In case you missed the card, here it is again complete with WINNER badge.  Hope you enjoy...






cardstock:

crumb cake

very vanilla

pool party designer series paper

tempting turquoise designer series paper

pear pizzazz



ink:

crumb cake classic

basic grey classic

crumb cake stampin' write marker

chocolate chip stampin' write marker

soft suede stampin' write marker

island indigo classic

whisper white craft



bling and things:

linen thread

vintage faceted button

ranger's star dust stickles



tools and toys:

stamping sponges

stampin' dimensionals

colour spritzer 

big shot  

spellbinders nestabilities labels three

snail adhesive

stamp-a-ma-jig

sticky strip

sponge dauber

paper snips



stamp sets:

all holidays

up, up & away

{heart},





Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Parisian birthday...

Happy Tuesday everyone!

It's the last week of school in my little part of the world.  I am looking forward to having Medium-Son and Large-Son around more and I know they are looking forward to the break, also.  For some reason I am really stoked about not having to pack lunches for awhile LOL. 

Today's card is one I made awhile ago (as in July last year... where did the time go?!).  I think it will always remain among my favorites.  Hope you enjoy...





cardstock:

early espresso

soft suede

pool party

so saffron

very vanilla



ink:

early espresso classic

soft suede classic

very vanilla craft

early espresso stampin' write marker



bling and things:

linen thread

pool party 3/8" ruffled ribbon

antique brads

vanilla embossing powder



tools and toys:

stamping sponges

stampin' dimensionals 

big shot  

spellbinders nestabilities labels two

snail adhesive

stamp-a-ma-jig

paper piercer

heat tool

provo craft cuttlebug tiny tag

embossing buddy

cutter kit distressing tool

1 3/8" circle punch

1" circle punch

3/4" circle punch



stamp sets:

artistic etchings

happiest birthday wishes

en francais


{heart},






Monday, 25 June 2012

Joyously Participating In IBSIC #14...

Hello, everyone!  So it's still June and I've already started on my Christmas cards LOL.

The card I am sharing is for this week's IBS challenge:  

When I saw this week's challenge over at Inspired by Stamping, I was instantly inspired to create a Christmas card.  

It's a little hard to tell, but the wreath was stamped on very vanilla cardstock and then cut out inside and out and popped it up on one layer of dimensionals.  The 'J',  'O', and 'Y' were also stamped on very vanilla, cut out and popped up on two layers of dimensionals.  I am including a closer up angled view to better show this.  It really turned out beautifully.

Here is the sketch for the challenge:


And here is my card.  Hope you joyously enjoy...






cardstock:

basic black

very vanilla

newsprint designer series paper



ink:

real red classic

gumball green stampin' write marker

real red stampin' write marker



bling and things:

5/8" black satin ribbon

1/8" rhinestone basic jewels

1/4" rhinestone basic jewels

holly leaves and berries



tools and toys:

paper snips

stampin' dimensionals

2 1/2" circle punch

circle scissor plus

snail adhesive

sticky strip

ranger's glossy accents



stamp sets:

welcome christmas


{heart},









Tuesday, 19 June 2012

IBSIC #13 Entry

This card is for this week's IBS challenge:  
Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge #13.  

I found this weeks challenge particularly inspiring; the picture just pulled me in and left me wishing I were there.  I absolutely had to make a beach scene!  

If you look closely at my card you can see: some light clouds off in the distance in the background; the beautiful sparkle in the frothy whitecaps of the waves rolling in; and the tangle of beach grass made from very thinly cut strips of cardstock. 

Here is the inspirational photo (entry must use colors from the photo): 


 And here is my card; hope you enjoy...





cardstock:

crumb cake

very vanilla

pool party designer series paper

tempting turquoise designer series paper

pear pizzazz



ink:

crumb cake classic

basic grey classic

crumb cake stampin' write marker

chocolate chip stampin' write marker

soft suede stampin' write marker

island indigo classic

whisper white craft



bling and things:

linen thread

vintage faceted button

ranger's star dust stickles



tools and toys:

stamping sponges

stampin' dimensionals

colour spritzer 

big shot  

spellbinders nestabilities labels three

snail adhesive

stamp-a-ma-jig

sticky strip

sponge dauber

paper snips



stamp sets:

all holidays

up, up & away

{heart},





An oldie, but a goodie...

A few years ago I entered a card contest using this card.  There were many entries, but all my hard work paid off and this card won.  

When I say, "hard work,"  I really mean it.  You might notice that the lacy looking border on the card is quite intricate and it was completely cut out by hand.  There are two layers to the frame; the bottom one had to be cut out around the edge, then the top one was cut out around the outside edge and then in the center (including in and around all the flourishes).  The lightest bird was stamped off twice and then stamped directly onto the bottom layer of the framed portion.  Then the next bird was stamped off once and cut out and popped up on 1 layer of dimensionals.  Finally, the darkest bird was stamped and cut out and popped up on 2 layers of dimentionals.  All of this done just to create an effect of the bird flying out of the frame; it was a labor of love and turned out great.

Sorry the picture isn't great.  It's actually as scan I took before I sent it off to my fabulous mother-in-law, the lady who bought me my first stamp set :)

Hope you enjoy...






cardstock:

basic black

very vanilla



ink:

basic black classic



bling and things:

5/8" very vanilla satin ribbon 



tools and toys:

dimensionals

snail adhesive

nail scissors




stamp sets:

baroque border

notably ornate




{heart},



Saturday, 16 June 2012

Birthdays can't be beet...

My next card to share is among my favorites that I've ever created.  I really love the stamp set Homegrown; I know a lot of people aren't into the veggies, but I adore them.  I love how this card turned out.  I can hardly stand to part with it.  Hope you enjoy...






cardstock:

basic black

whisper white

gumball green



ink:

basic black classic

basic black craft

gumball green classic

raspberry ripple stampin' write marker

lucky limeade stampin' write marker

gumball green stampin' write marker

primrose petals stampin' write marker



bling and things:

5/8" black satin ribbon

recollections black mini brads

black embossing powder 




tools and toys:

dimensionals

snail adhesive
 
stamp-a-ma-jig

heat tool

paper piercer

mat pack

score board

stamping sponges




stamp sets:

baroque motifs

homegrown

a to z

all holidays




{heart},



Thursday, 14 June 2012

I'm a WINNER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, you read correctly; I am a winner!  Well a top three winner, but a winner none the less!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Can you tell I am excited :D

I was actually a little surprised that I placed at all; not because my card isn't awesome, but because the picture doesn't do it justice.  The card is amazing in person (in my humble opinion LOL).  The photo pales in comparison.  To explain how much they differ here is a little story...

My large-son was looking at my card and admiring it soon after it was finished.  Later that day I was finishing my blog post for the challenge, my son came up and was peering over my shoulder.  He became quite disgruntled and said, "Mom, you copied that person's card!"

I kept trying to explain that it was a picture of the card he had been admiring earlier.  He wouldn't believe me.  I asked him why he didn't believe me and he said, "because your card is WAY nicer!"

  You can admire my Inspired by Stamping Challenge Top Three Winner badge on the right-hand side of my blog. And in case you missed the card, here it is again complete with top three winner badge.  Hope you enjoy...








cardstock:

early espresso

very vanilla

botanical gazette designer series paper

red glimmer paper



ink:

early espresso classic

bashful blue classic

cajun craze classic

chocolate chip classic

crumb cake classic

sahara sand classic

more mustard classic

versamark



bling and things:

crocheted trim

vintage trinkets

brown embossing powder

recollections boutique fleur mulberry paper flowers



tools and toys:

stamping sponges

stampin' dimensionals

blender pen

ranger's glossy accents

snail adhesive

crop-a-dile corner chomper

sticky strip

owl builder punch

scallop trim border punch

heat setting tool

embossing buddy



stamp sets:

nature walk

word play

{heart},



Wednesday, 13 June 2012

IBSIC # 12 Entry

This card is for this week's IBS challenge: Inspired by Stamping Inspiration Challenge #12.

Here is the sketch:
http://www.inspiredbystampin.com/.a/6a01310fb2b4b9970c0167671dbae8970b-pi 

 And here is my card; hope you enjoy...





cardstock:

early espresso

very vanilla

botanical gazette designer series paper

red glimmer paper



ink:

early espresso classic

bashful blue classic

cajun craze classic

chocolate chip classic

crumb cake classic

sahara sand classic

more mustard classic

versamark



bling and things:

crocheted trim

vintage trinkets

brown embossing powder

recollections boutique fleur mulberry paper flowers



tools and toys:

stamping sponges

stampin' dimensionals

blender pen

ranger's glossy accents

snail adhesive

crop-a-dile corner chomper

sticky strip

owl builder punch

scallop trim border punch

heat setting tool

embossing buddy



stamp sets:

nature walk

word play

{heart},



Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Six pics of six cards in a portfolio...

My next card to share isn't so much one card, as six.  It's actually a gift for a fabulous teacher's aide in my medium-son's kindergarten class (I have three boys: small, medium and large; in no way referring to their comparative size).  This aide has spent a lot of time with my little dude and I wanted to give her a thank you gift from the heart.

This gift is portfolio of cards and I think it turned out rather well.  I got the idea, all the measurements and instructions from another blogger named Leena Girsa (her amazing talents and creativity are showcased at http://alacards.blogspot.ca).  Check out this link if you want the details for the portfolio:  http://alacards.blogspot.ca/p/tutorials.html.  She did an absolutely beautiful job of her portfolio and is kind and generous enough to share her formula for this great gift, at no charge.

After you've checked out mine, be sure to check out Leena's version http://alacards.blogspot.ca/2010/09/world-card-making-day-is-oct-2nd.html and leave her a comment.  

Hope you enjoy...


The first picture I have posted is of one of the cards in the portfolio.  I made six of them, all the same, but in six different colors.


The second picture is of the outside of the portfolio.  The ribbon ties in a bow to close the box.  The picture on the front has the same flower stamp I used on the cards and is stamped in each of the colors I used for the cards.


The third picture is of the spine.  Just wanted to show the detail as I scored it horizontally every 1/4".


The fourth picture is of the portfolio opened up.  On left side you can see the envelopes in their pocket and on the right you can see the cards in their pocket.  On the outside of the pockets you can see the sentiments that are on dimensionals, ready to peel and stick to personalize each card.  There are 12 sentiments and some of the more common ones have doubles.


The fifth picture shows all of the cards.


The sixth picture is of the coordinating envelopes.





cardstock:

crumb cake

basic black

whisper white

melon mambo

pumpkin pie

crushed curry

lucky limeade

bermuda bay

rich razzleberry



ink:

basic black classic

melon mambo classic

pumpkin pie classic

crushed curry classic

lucky limeade classic

bermuda bay classic

rich razzleberry classic



bling and things:

5/8" black satin ribbon

whisper white envelopes



tools and toys:

dimensionals

snail adhesive
 
stamp-a-ma-jig

sticky strip

big shot

spellbinders nestabilities labels fourteen

crop-a-dile corner chomper

score board

scallop edge border punch

modern label punch

word window punch

ranger's glossy accents




stamp sets:

kind & caring thoughts

creatively yours

afterthoughts

teeny tiny wishes




{heart},