Tuesday, March 26, 2013

SUOC67, Spring is in the Air!

The challenge this week at SUO Challenges is "Spring is in the Air". No, really - Spring  is going to make a comeback....I promise! I know those of you who are digging out of yet another snow storm find it hard to believe, but I've seen pictures posted of crocuses (croci?) peeking through the snow, so it will happen. Soon. Really. Trust me.

Since Spring always brings new flowers, and I tried to make a CAS card, I settled on the little flower bouquet in Embellished Events. And I FINALLY used the In Color Dahlias that I've been hoarding since they came out last year. They are just so stinkin' cute!

I also used the Summer Starfruit for the card base.  I'm still really, really trying to like this color, and I'm still really, really struggling with it. *sigh*  The embossed panels did tone it down a bit.

So, pull out your favorite stamp set that makes you think of Spring, and the Springiest colors you can think of, and come join us at SUO Challenges!

P.S. If you are into making ATCs (Artist Trading Cards), this stamp would work perfectly.
P.P.S. Sorry (again) for the less-than-stellar photo. I have a new camera coming Friday (woohoo!), so that problem should be remedied VERY soon!!!

Stamps: Embellished Events
Cardstock: Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green
Ink (Stampin' Write Markers): Gumball Green, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple, Summer Starfruit
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka-Dots folder, Linen Thread, In Colors Dahlias

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Freaky Spring!

Welcome to the Control Freaks blog tour for March. We're so happy that you "hopped" by! This month's theme is Spring (or Easter), and we certainly have been having a freaky Spring, haven't we? I think Punxsutawney Phil was totally wrong when he predicted an early spring last month. He couldn't have been more wrong!

If you began at the beginning (Patty Bennett's blog), and have been following the "next" buttons at the bottom of each stop, then you just arrived here from Justin Krieger's blog. Weren't his projects awesome? To complete the tour, just click the links at the bottom of each post and you'll make the rounds of all ten blogs.

My two projects are cards, and when I think Spring, I think flowers and butterflies and birds, so this stamp from For the Birds was perfect!

 Stamp: For the Birds - Cardstock: Shimmery White, Lucky Limeade, So Saffron, Whisper White, Tea for Two DSP - Ink: Black StazOn, Soft Suede, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limeade, Cajun Craze, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo - Accessories: Big Shot, Cloudy Day folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Lucky Limeade Ruffled Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels

I love to color, and when I'm not using Watercolor Paper, I like to use Shimmery White cardstock. That's what was used here, matted on Lucky Limeade. The popped-up clouds add a nice dimension.

My other "Spring-y" thought was bunnies, what with Easter and all, so the Ears to You single stamp was my choice. This is a bling-y, Spring-y card, for sure.  It cracked me up when I was finished, because I thought it looked like the two outer bunnies were looking at the middle bunny's behind and saying, "Dude! What is that on your butt?!"

Stamps: Designer Typeset, Ears to You, Bring on the Cake - Cardstock: Shimmery White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Tea for Two DSP, Pink Pirouette DSP, Certainly Celery DSP - Ink: Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze, Perfect Plum, Black StazOn - Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka-Dots folder, Rhinestones Basic Jewels

Well, that's all for now. Thanks for stopping by! Up next is the always creative JanTink, so click the button below to go see her creative genius!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

SUOC66 - Easter and/or Spring!

Today's challenge theme at SUO Challenges is Easter or Spring. I know everyone here in the northern hemisphere is ready for spring to arrive. Enough with the snow already, sheesh! Those of you in the southern hemisphere are getting ready for autumn, but you still have Easter coming up. So pull out some Spring-y colors and stamps and make something to share at SUO Challenges.

Easter card, Stampin' Up, card making, paper crafting

I thought the Everything Eleanor stamp set would go perfectly with the Easter Blessings single stamp. The greeting is large enough the be the focal point, but it needed something behind it. The flower was stamped and colored twice, spritzed with home made Shimmer mist, and fussy cut. The center petals were popped up on dimensionals.

Stamps: Easter Blessings, Everything Eleanor
Cardstock: Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery
Ink: Midnight Muse, Pretty in Pink, Certainly Celery, and Rose Red Pads, Daffodil Delight Marker
Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan folder, Bird Punch (leaves), Whisper White Organza Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad (retired), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Stampin Dimensionals

Friday, March 1, 2013

Christmas in February

Yes, folks, we're are already thinking about Christmas, can you believe it? The monthly Christmas Club starts in February (to give us time to recuperate from last Christmas), and runs through the beginning of December this year. Every month we make a different set of cards. The choice of how many you want to make of the "card of the month" is entirely up to you! This was the card we made last month:

How do I make a Christmas card? Christmas cards, Paper crafting, Card making, Wreath

I figure out how many cards I'm going to send (and add a few more, because the list always grows by the end of the year) and then divide that number by the number of classes to see how many I need to make each month. This year I need to make 8 per month. Funny, when I started making cards a few years ago, I only needed 4 per month. How did it double in three years?!
From Millan.Net
I got my inspiration for this card from a similar one by Sharon Burkert. The wreath is essentially the same, but I changed the colors up a bit. Thanks, Sharon!

Stamps: Merry Minis, Daydream Medallions, Greetings of the Season
Cardstock: Naturals White, Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue, Silver Glimmer
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Midnight Muse, Bashful Blue, Gumball Green
Accessories: Big Shot, Perfect Polka-Dots embossing folder, Merry Minis Punch Pack, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding Ribbon, Dazzling Details glitter glue, Stampin'Dimensionals