Thursday, January 25, 2007

Love Ewe

I've been really busy with workshops and classes due to Stampin' Up's Sell-a-Bration, so I haven't had as much time to stamp as I normally do. Last night after I finished prepping for another class, I decided to kick back and play with some new supplies that have made their way into my stamp room since Christmas.

This cute little sheep is the hearty ewe stamp from Stamping Bella. Ever since I started knitting, I've developed a new appreciation for sheep and this little guy was too cute! I used my Watercolor Wonder Crayons from Stampin' Up! to color him in.

The white circle was cut with my colluzle and then I used the Marvy mega scalloped circle punch for the pink circle underneath.

The background was embossed with the Divine Swirl embossing folder in my cuttlebug. Then I brushed some whisper white craft ink over the swirls to highlight them a little.

Stamps: Hearty Ewe Stamping Bella
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Whisper White Craft Ink
Card stock: Whisper White Small Notes & Envelopes, Whisper White, Real Red, Pretty in Pink
Stampin' Dimensionals
Tools: Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Colluzle Companion Circle template, Divine Swirl Embossing Folder, Mega Scalloped Circle Punch

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Love Bug

Considering I didn't have a vision in mind for this card, I really love how it turned out. I started with the Note Cards & Small Envelopes from Stampin' Up! These note cards are smaller than the typical 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card that we normally make. I believe they measure 3 1/2 " x 5".

I also had a bunch of circle aluminium metal edge tags in the larger size left over after making a bunch of these Christmas cards for a swap.

So, I put it all together with some of the Loves Me double-sided Designer paper from the Winter Mini catalog and voila!

Stamps: Olive You
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown, Regal Rose, Certainly Celery & Pretty in Pink Markers
Card stock: Whisper White Small Notes & Envelopes, Certainly Celery, Loves Me Designer paper.
Accessories: Circle Aluminum Metal Edge tags, Rose Grosgrain Ribbon
Tools: Slit Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Valentine's Treats

Sour cream containers are so fun and easy to make! Courtney has a great tutorial here on her blog.

I must be an odd ball though because I roll mine in the other direction. That makes my containers longer and not as cute. I'll have to try it the other way soon. The only other thing I'll add to Courtney's excellent tutorial is that I crimp the two ends of the container with my Crimper tool. It just adds that little extra finishing touch.

Anyway, I started making them out of vellum card stock after seeing Kelly's cute Halloween treat container on splitcoast stampers. I used Real Red and Basic Black Classic Ink and set them aside to dry for a couple of hours. When I came back they were still wet, so I had to give them a shot with my heat gun. I was planning to make these at a workshop, but I didn't want to bring my heat gun along.

So, I decided to try again with Kraft card stock and whisper white. Which do you like better?

Stamps: So Very, Good Things Simply Sent Kit
Ink: Real Red, Basic Black
Card stock: Vellum Card stock, Whisper White, Kraft
Accessories: Sticky Strip

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Awning Pocket Note

I'm in love with all of the scalloped borders that are so in style right now. Before the holidays I bought several of the Marvy Uchida scalloped punches, but I haven't used them yet. Instead, I've been flipping my Stampin' Up! Slit Punch upside down to make a cute scalloped border. This is all the rage right now on splitcoast stampers, but in case you haven't tried it, here's the quick directions. Hold the punch upside down so you can see where it's going to punch. Then punch across in a straight line so that each slit starts right after the previous one ended. When you've done the entire piece of card stock, the two halves will separate and you'll be left with a scalloped border and a reverse scalloped border. Pretty neat, huh?

In this card, I thought the scalloped border with the Caribbean Cool ric rac looked like an awning to a cute candy shop.

I'm also loving the Loves Me Designer Paper and Flirty Ribbon Originals from the Winter Mini Catalog. They coordinate so well together and the colors are so bright and happy!

Stamps: So Very, Everyday Flexible Phrases
Ink: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip
Card stock: Chocolate Chip, Pretty in Pink Pocket Notes, Loves Me Designer Paper
Accessories: Flirty Ribbon Originals
Tools: Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals, Slit Punch

Monday, January 15, 2007

Oh Baby!

Now that I've pulled out the Pocket Notes from the Winter Mini catalog, I can't stop using them. These little cuties will not be in the Spring Mini catalog so if you like them, you'll want to order them before the end of February.

This card was super easy to make, but it cracks me up. I wanted it to look like the little baby was balancing on the cute ball. I think it came out perfectly.

I only inked the "so" from the So Very Sell-a-Bration set because the whole thing wouldn't fit on my tiny pocket card. The cute ball and baby are popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Stamps: Tag Time, So Very
Ink: Stazon Timber Brown
Card stock: Very Vanilla, Certainly Celery, Very Vanilla Pocket Notes, Sarah Designer Paper
Tools: Paper Snips, Stampin' Dimensionals, Aquapainter, Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Ballet Blue & Blush Blossom)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Quick Notes

Yesterday I decided to pull out the pocket notes that I ordered from the Winter Mini Catalog during the preorder period. I guess I just never got around to trying them out before.

This little card was inspired by a swap I received from Lisa Martz. I loved her idea to mount the pocket note onto a full size card. On her card, if you opened the little note, you'd see a secret message.

However, I wanted to keep it simple with these little cards. I think they'd be great for a last minute kids birthday where you don't have a whole lot of time to pull a bigger card together.

Stamps: Cheery Chat, Big Pieces
Ink: Regal Rose, Cool Caribbean, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip
Card stock: Whisper White, Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip Pocket Notes
Accessories: Flirty Ribbon Originals

Tools: Stapler

They make cute Thank you notes too. :) In fact, all of the sayings from Cheery Chat fit perfectly on these cute little cards.

Stamps: Cheery Chat, Big Pieces
Ink: Apricot Appeal, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip
Card stock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Chocolate Chip Pocket Notes
Accessories: Apricot Grosgrain Ribbon, Light Blue Gingham Ribbon
Tools: Double Circle Punch

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Peer Pressure

What can I say? I succumbed to peer pressure and am now the happy owner of a super cute little Cuttlebug. The embossing dies sent me right over the edge. I picked up my little green cutie at my local Joann's with a 50% off coupon -- not too shabby!

To make this card, I used the Stylized Flower embossing folder on Whisper White card stock. The machine runs smooth like butter! My only problem is that the screw that holds the handle onto the machine is defective. So until I can call Provo Craft to have it replaced, I am cranking it very carefully. As you can see, it's not slowing me down too much. :)

To color the embossed flowers I used my Aquapainters and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. The colors I used: Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Certainly Celery & Barely Banana are from one of the color combinations on the Color Coach. This is a great tool that really helps you think outside of your normal colored box.

Stamps: Much Appreciated
Ink: Basic Black
Card stock: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Rose Red
Accessories: Linen Thread, Celery striped ribbon from May Arts
Label Punch, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Aquapainter