Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Sweet Baby Girl

Here's a sweet baby girl card that doesn't have any pink on it! The closest thing to pink is the Crisp Cantaloupe, and I think that's more like a pale orange than a pink. I've seen lots of cute baby cards using the Owl Punch, so I had to try one, too! Isn't this just adorable? Those tiny baby dresses just slay me!

It was so easy to make. Since the 2013-2015 In Colors Ruffled Trim was already ruffled, I looked for DSP that would match. After punching out the dresses, I used 1/8" Scor-tape to adhere the ruffled trim.

I hope the recipient likes the card. She was in labor for over 2 1/2 days...yikes! (And I thought 26 hours was bad!)
From Millan.Net

STAMP: Sweet Essentials
CARDSTOCK: Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Watercolor Wonder DSP, Sweet Sorbet DSP (retired), Eastern Elegance DSP, 2013-2015 In Colors DSP Stack
INK: Wild Wasabi
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Perfect Polka-Dots folder, Owl Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Hexagon Punch (banner ends), Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffled Trim, Coastal Cabana Ruffled Trim, Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Trim, White Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Easter is Eggstra Spectacular!

Note: I had blog posts scheduled, and they obviously didn't post when they were supposed to - sorry! Back to doing it manually until I figure out what happened.

I love Easter. I love the hope of renewal/rebirth, the food (ham and deviled eggs, anyone?), the brightly colored eggs (which I miss since my kids are grown), Easter baskets full of candy (also missed since kids are gone), and that the days are getting longer and flowers are busting out all over! What's not to love?!

So, in the spirit of Spring and Easter baskets full of goodies, I came up with this card. Making the basket was super easy with the Ovals Collection Framelits and Venetian Romance DSP. The largest and second-largest (non-scalloped) ovals were used here. After cutting the DSP with the largest oval, it was cut a bit under halfway to create a smaller half for the basket and larger half for the handle. The handle was cut using the next-smaller oval. Using the Magnetic Platform made it so easy to keep the Framelit in place!

The Fringe Scissors made short work of the grass, and the Extra Wide Oval Punch worked perfectly to cut the colored eggs.  See the gold foil-wrapped 'chocolate' eggs? That was done in a jiffy with a Gold Foil Sheet and the Small Oval Punch!

Mmmm, chocolate eggs. Which is your favorite Easter candy? Do you go for the jelly beans first, or malted milk eggs? Do you dive into the chocolate bunny, or grab the Peeps before anything else?

STAMPS: Eggstra Spectacular, Delightful Dozen
CARDSTOCK: Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Gold Foil Sheets, Venetian Romance DSP, Watercolor Wonder DSP
INK: Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Tempting Turquoise, Elegant Eggplant
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Magnetic Platform, Ovals Collection Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Small Oval Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Wild Wasabi Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Daffodil Delight Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Pearls Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Getting Freaky in the Spring!

Hello, and welcome to another Tour de Freaks! This month we are celebrating Spring and/or Easter, and I gotta tell ya, even though it's not officially Spring until tomorrow (and it's deep-freeze Winter in most of the country) it's been Spring-like here for the past few months. Freaky weather, for sure!

If you're hopping from the beginning of the tour, you just landed here from Mary Brown's blog. I love her style! If you jumped in here, just click the buttons at the bottom of each blog to go to the next stop on the tour, and you'll make a full circle and see all the lovelies.

I only have two projects to share today, so let's start with the card. I absolutely love to color images, and the tulips in Blessed Easter are no exception.

STAMPS: Blessed Easter   CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight DSP (Subtles DSP Stack), Watercolor Paper   INK: StazOn Jet Black, Elegant Eggplant (pad and marker), Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive   ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Pearls Basic Jewels, Stampin' Dimensionals, Blender Pens
That's a whole doily that was cut to the center and pleated to add some extra texture. The tulips were stamped on Watercolor Paper and colored with a Blender Pen and ink pads.

Helpful Hint: Before I mounted the tulips on the wood block, I cut the greeting off so I could use the flowers for other occasions. I peeled the sticky foam off the greeting rubber and replaced it with clear-mount foam so it would adhere to a clear block when I wanted to use it.

Up next is a sweet treat. Did you know today is National Oatmeal Cookie Day? Yes, it is! And this little box works perfectly for a gift of yummy oatmeal cookies or any other sweet treat, for that matter. Mini Easter basket, perhaps?

STAMPS: None   CARDSTOCK: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz, Crisp Cantaloupe DSP, Sweet Sorbet DSP   INK: None   ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Spiral Flower Die, Little leaves Sizzlits, Envelope Punch Board, Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack, Sticky Strip, hot glue gun (non-SU)

Here's a close-up of the rosettes that decorate it. Everything is in bloom around my house already, so the roses just seemed so appropriate.

That's all I have for today! If you'd like the measurements for the box, be sure to check back in a day or two. Up next is the talented Judy DiScipio! Thanks for stopping by today!


Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy New Home

My BFF Barb just moved from Twin Falls to the Coeur d' Alene area, so of course I had to make a card for the occasion! After Googling her new address so I could see what her house looked like, I decided to make a card that looked like her front door. There are a few extras thrown in to dress it up, but the door looks exactly like her new front door!

Those In Color Dahlias worked perfectly for the flowers and the topiary! Barb has a green thumb, so I know her home will be surrounded by beautiful flowers in no time, as soon as it warms up enough.

There was a little gifty tucked inside, too. I looked up the nearest Starbucks location (only 0.7 miles away!) and sent a gift card with a map and a note that "motivation in a cup" was less than a mile away. 
From Millan.Net

She texted me today to say she was heading out to get some "motivation" and then starting the craft room. I can't wait to visit and see how she sets up the new studio! (Barb is the person responsible for me getting into paper crafting, and I curse thank her every day for my addiction!)


Monday, March 17, 2014

Second Saturday Stamp Club (& Tutorial)

First of all, Happy St. Paddy's Day, you all! Don't drink too much of that green beer, lol!
From Millan.Net

Things have been kind of crazy here - the grand kids are in town for a couple of weeks (our youngest grandchild just turned 13 - a milestone!), my husband's sister got married last weekend, and through it all we've been adjusting to the new fur kid. But I have managed to make a few cards in between the chaos, and even had the SSSC make a couple of fun-fold cards!

This is one of them, a variation of LeeAnn Greff's step-out card. I changed the measurements slightly because I had trouble making it work for me. If you'd like the complete, illustrated instructions, just CLICK HERE! Here's a pic of it open. It's sooo cool in real life!

And here's the one I made for our grandson!

Hope you try making one of these cards.....they really have a lot of "wow" factor!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Happy New Baby

I had a lot of fun making this card for my friends (the parents of the big sister, whose card is here). I'm at the age where most of my friends are well past their child-bearing/rearing stage of life, so when I get an opportunity to make a baby card, it's a real treat!

The new Fringe Scissors are a treat to use, too. I've never been able to cut evenly-spaced cuts with my paper snips, but these scissors make it a snap (or should I say SNIP)! And to make sure I cut an even depth every time, I used a fine Sharpie to draw depth markings at 1/2", 5/8", 3/4", and 1". Shear genius! (Get it?)

The giraffe and elephant were fussy-cut and I got a little crazy cutting the mane on the giraffe. I mean, really, who is going to even notice that kind of detail? The tail is a little piece of Hemp Twine (retired) with the end frayed.

Well, off to prepare for tomorrow's Second Saturday Stamp Club! We're doing some fun fold cards this month, woohoo!

STAMPS: Zoo Babies, Label Love, Sweet Essentials
CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Pistachio Pudding DSP
INK: Marina Mist, Baked Brown Sugar, Wild Wasabi
ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Word Bubbles Framelits, Pistachio Pudding Ruffled Trim, Pearls Basic Jewels, Fringe Scissors