Monday, August 31, 2009

For a DEAR friend...

What do you get for someone who has EVERYTHING??? I know my gf loves Pier One for the simplicity and clean lines, so that was my inspiration for her birthday gift. I just received this new Cuttlebug-Swiss Dot folder last week (because Elizabeth MADE me do it!) from Eclectic Paperie for only $2.00! Of course, I couldn't just buy one, so I bought several other patterns and got a great deal! The Swiss Dot folder adds just enough texture to this project, without being overwhelming like patterned paper. Close up of the special sentiment. This fits our friendship to a "T". I had a little space to kill on the upper right of the heart, so I added a pink dew drop!I love these little clipboards! There are just a few left in my stash so I'm hoarding them for gifts:) I purchased these from my little hole-in-the-wall craft store while living in Brooklyn and I'm sad I can't find anymore:( They are just darling for your workspace/desk!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

For Princess Abby...

A special request for Princess Abby! This little princess stamp from SU! is definitely one of the most used in my collection. She's fun and easy to color when it comes to customizing. The party info. is printed off the pc and I used my nesty dies for the "square-ish" design. I do love these, but this particular die takes more than a few passes thru the wizard...which is time consuming, but I keep using them because I love the finished beveled edges. Lots of glitter! I prefer to use Stickles, but here I used my Copic Spica Pens, which offer just as much glitter WITHOUT the drying time.

Good bag tags...whoa, say that 10 times fast right??!! You could adhere these straight to the bags themselves, but for added flair dig out the ol' spool of curly ribbon! This is a great way to stretch your party supply dollars...I "shutter" knowing these will later be ripped to shreds!! ACK!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Baby Buttercup...

Playing with my Stamping Bella-Baby Buttercup! I was really exploring a mixture of copic markers and prisma colorpencils. I generally do my color pencils first, than do a slight overlay in shading with the copic markers. Just be careful if you try this, I don't recommend this technique with light colors as the color pencils will stay on the marker nubs. All in all, I'm happy with the blending on the flower...deep blueish purple. The quilting squares are done with my PTI-Polka Dot Basics and I did a simple stitch around each one. The mini sentiment is cut out with my cuttlebug...oooooh, how I have neglected Lastly, I added some deep purple's actually a single strip hidden behind the card front and I add the bow separately with E6000 like a charm! Close up of the sweet buttercup! I was going to add some 3-D pop up tape but thought it might look funny sitting up so high. I opted to cut out another baby image and simply taped it on top of the original...adds a subtle depth without being overwhelming.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness...

I'm thinking I really need to purchase a photo box! My pictures have been hard to capture lately with the unpredictable weather as well as time of day (dead of night!!) I usually finish my projects...grrr! You can tell from these photos it was pretty cloudy and dark...I'm going to have to work on that! Anyhow, I got to playing the other day and was thinking of some new ideas for Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) this year and I had the perfect set from MFT-Think Pink as my inspiration. Some fun little altered Post-it Pad holders. I colored the main image with my Copic makers and matted with SU! cs. The sentiment was bent around my acrylic block for the circle image. I was just going to add the circle sentiment when I got a novel idea to add the flower with rhinestone bling. In order to get my rhinestone situated directly in the middle of the flower, I simply used my small circle punch to just slightly clip the corner off of the main image! You totally can't even see the "extra" detail with the Hearts Cuttlebug folder I used, however it's embossed on the green layer...looks super funky in person...I looove it!Soooo, if you make oodles of large Post-it pads, you can also repeat with the mini notepads! I have these by the drawer full...not really sure why, but I finally found a project to use them with. The approx. size on the mini notebooks is about 1x 1.5 inches...really tiny! This size would be great to add to a gift bag or toss in your purse. When I go to "toss" these in a purse, I'd advise saving the plastic storage bag (I purchase mine at to prevent ripping off the rhinestones, paper, etc. I'm off to get cleaned up this morning! My twin sis has been in town visiting with us and we are headed to the Elementary School today for my Daugther's Kindergarten orientation...ahhh BIG sigh!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Witches Brew...

Just a little eager to try some fun Halloween images a tad early! I wasn't sure "witch" I liked more, the image or the sentiment? Whatever the case, they both compliment each other! I've had this stash of patterned paper forever and love the colors so that's where I picked up the colors for the witch image. I used a combo of copic glitter pens and prisma pencils with gamsol. The prisma colors blended nicely when it came time for the blue nighttime sky. I kept tossing around the idea of whether or not to keep the bg image white, but I think the blue background really makes the image POP! The chunky ribbon is from Jody's May Arts shopping spree...she has the BEST selection! The pattern on the orange cs is from my swirls cuttlebug folder and the oval sentiment is die cut with my nesty dies. I took it upon myself to try the zig -zag stitch again, still working on getting it STRAIGHT, but I still had fun playing with it! Detail shot of the "sparkles" courtesy of my copic glitter pens!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Another Sketch Card...

Another fun little card I put together using Jen's Sketch from last weekend. The sketch only called for an embellishment on the upper left (buttons), but I decided to add a few more buttons the bottom as well...keeps it all symmetrical! Don't you love that little dino too? He is also from the Kim Hughes set I used on the last post. All the images are perfect for little boys, however, there is also a G.I. Joe figure in the set that I think would be perfect for a military silhouette card! I haven't had the chance to play with "Joe" just yet (I'd have to ask my hubby how he feels about, but I've got some ideas cooking! The polka dot paper is some old stuff from my CM stash that coordinates perfectly with this theme! Off to get some lunch for the girls, I gave up mowing this morning after I ran out of, it's half done, good for today!! Rain is on the way!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

FINALLY...A Card!!!

I know, I can hardly believe it I've been lost in 3-D, altering-land! I hadn't realized it had been sooo long since I'd made a card! In fact, I had to lean on Jen del Muro's SFYTT for a little inspiration! This is a sketch from her June collection and I thought I'd also pull out my Prisma Color Pencils and dust them off. I love how well the greens and yellows blended for a perfect match with the patterned paper. The cute little alien and sentiment are from Kim Hughes-Little Boy Set. I'm hoping this is the beginning of getting back in to card making...where it all started!