Showing posts with label Hybrid. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Hybrid. Show all posts

Friday, August 23, 2013


Hi friends!  Happy Friday!  Today I've got a little gifty project to share with you.  I love everything about fall... especially school supplies.  Although the boys aren't anywhere near school-age yet, I've been so inspired by seeing all the back to school projects in blogland lately.  When I was scrolling through emails I came across Kelleigh Ratzlaff's pencil boxes templates and had to download one and give it a try.

I thought pairing it with the Teachers Count set would make the perfect little back to school present for a teacher, so that was my inspiration.  Kelleigh's template set has cutting files, but since I still have yet to clear a space for my cutter on my desk, I just printed the PDF template out and used that on Smoky Slate for the base of the pouch.  I added a 1.75 x 7.75" strip of designer paper down the front of the pouch for accent, then used a coordinating paper for the pouch band.  My tag uses the Tiny Sweet Scallop Die Set and I stamped the sentiment from Teachers Count onto a flag from the Flag It Die Set.  The apple is stamped onto the coordinating Apples Die Set and then I paper pieced the leaf and apple in coordinating papers.  Some black scrapper's floss ties the tag on and I accented the bow with a red rhinestone.  The finished pouch holds 4 pencils.  The whole project took under 30 minutes, and most of that was deciding which papers to use! {grin}

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Enabler's List
Stamps: Teachers Count  (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Report Card (October Afternoon), Smoky Slate (SU!), cream (Neenah)
Ink: Black
Accessories:  Apples Die Set, Flag It Die Set, Tiny Sweet Scallop Die Set (A Cut Above by VERVE), scrapper's floss (Karen Foster), rhinestone, Pencil Boxes Template Set and Cutting Files (Kelleigh Ratzlaff)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pillow Box Thoughfulness

Hi friends!  It's been a while.  I haven't been feeling very well the past few weeks, so my studio hasn't seen much of me lately.  I thought I'd pop in and share this project I made a while back for The Daily Digi.  Kelleigh Ratzlaff is a featured designer there this month and this sweet little Standing Box Template is available in this month's Digi Files.  Check out Kelleigh's featured article to read more about her, see the new template and get a 30% off code for her store (through 8/31)!

For my box, I used Photoshop to clip these digi papers from the Thrifty Finds kit to the template, adding the digi stamp of the Eiffel tower from the same kit to the front, before printing it out.  Next I cut out the template, scored according to the directions, adding some inked edges with Vintage Photo ink.  Since I printed on an inkjet and didn't wait for the ink to set up, the sponging removed bits of the printed page, leaving a distressed look that I totally love.  I used PanPastels to color in the Eiffel tower, then cut a Primitive Heart die cut and the sentiment tag from some already printed Thrifty Finds paper.  The sentiment is from the Words Cannot Express set and I used PanPastels to color the heart and add a bit of shading to the sentiment as well.  I finished off by punching a whole in my heart tag and attaching it to the box with shabby wrinkled ribbon, then adding a glitzy star attached to a hat pin for accent.

That's all from me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a fabulous week.

Enabler's List:

Template: Standing Pillow Box by Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
Digi Papers & Elements: Thrifty Finds The Kit by Mari Koegelenberg
Stamps: Words Cannot Express by Verve Stamps
Inks: Antique Linen Distress Stain, Vintage Photo Distress Ink by Ranger, Pan Pastels
Accessories: Primitive Hearts Die by Sizzix, Glass Glitter Star, beaded pin, shabby wrinkled ribbon, Ultra Premium Presentation Paper Matte (Epson)

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thrifty Mojo

Happy Monday peeps!  It's the first Monday of the month, so that means it's contest time over on the Mojo Monday blog!  Play along with this week's sketch for a chance to win some shiny new Verve!

This was a super fun and quick card to make, and one of my favorite layouts in a while.  It's clean enough to work well for masculine or feminine cards.  Plus, if you're like me, you've got a plethora of pretty patterned papers (like the alliteration there?  LOL) piling up in your craft room and this sketch lets you USE it!  The paper I used today was actually some Thrifty Finds digi paper I printed out over a month ago and haven't had a chance to use yet.  I just love the colors and patterns in it and they look so pretty lined up in 1" strips like that.  The flower is made from all three sizes from the Hope Blooms set cut out with the Floral Circles Die Set and I split the sentiment up onto two sentiment flags.

Today's life lesson is a practical one.  If you've got an iPhone, sync it regularly and enable data wipe and auto lock with a passcode.  Mark's iPhone was stolen yesterday when we were at the gym and luckily he had those features enabled so all of his work emails and data are safe from the thief.  Unfortunately, he's out a phone, plus all of his contacts and appointments, since he hadn't synced it in quite a while.  You hope you never have to use those features, but they sure do give peace of mind when you need them!  Okay, that's all for my public service announcement.  I've got a mile long list of things to get done, so I better move along.  Have a little fun with paper this week, and if you've got time be sure to play around with this week's mojo sketch!  Have a fantastic day!

Enabler's List:
Stamps:  Hope Blooms (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Thrifty Finds digital papers (Mari Koegelenberg), Early Espresso, cream
Ink:  Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress), Early Espresso, Riding Hood Red, Copic markers
Accessories:  Floral Circles Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Sentiment Flags die (Lil' Inker Designs), wavy edge border and 1"circle punch (EK Success), mat pack, air art tool, baja breeze seam binding (SU!)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Gathered From the Heart

Happy Thursday!  Today I've got something super fun to share with you!  Kelleigh released this Gathered Box Template Set & Cutting Files over at The Digichick today and I couldn't wait to try it out!

I used the SVG Cutting files and SCAL software to cut the box with my Cricut Expression.  The paper I used is from the DCWV Botanical Stack (such gorgeous paper).  Then it was simply a matter of folding on the scored lines, sponging the edges and assembling.  I tied it together with some cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon, then tied on the Sweet Scallop Tag (embossed with a sentiment from Bloom & Grow set) with some gold cording.  (I made the small mat for the tag by tracing the die in pencil on espresso cardstock and trimming with scissors.)  Then I layered some gold cording loops, a prima flower, a glass glitter star and some triple pearl stick pins on top for a focal piece.

I made a slight adjustment to the original template by rounding both corners of the top of the box with my 1/2" Corner Chomper.  (I did this after the box was assembled, and the corner chomper went through all the layers easily).  Then I added a litttle tag (cut with the Sentiment Flags die from Lil' Inker Designs) and stamped with the from the heart sentiment from Happy Phrases.  The heart is punched from the Lots of Love SU! punch and I added a few shiny gold pearls then clipped on with a mini library clip.

This was so fun to make and came together for me in less than half an hour!  And the best part of the box is that it has a flap that opens from the bottom, so the receiver doesn't have to mess with removing all the pretty ribbons.  It's the perfect size to tuck a little gift card and a little chocolate square in (which is exactly what I intend to do), so double YAY!!!

And to celebrate National Scrapbooking Weekend, The Digichick has a fabulous sale going on!  You can pick up most everything in the store, including the Gathered Box template I used today at a 30% discount  (add the item to your cart to see the discount).  I look forward to their sales when I can stock up on the products I've been adding to my wishlist.  So in the spirit of proper enabling, here's a few items I'm purchasing today which I'm sure you'll be seeing here in the future.  Can't wait to play with these digi papers and cutting files!

Okay, enough rambling. I'm sure you've got things to do and I KNOW I've got things to do. So here's the cliff's notes on that pretty picture you saw up there. {grin}

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Bloom & Grow, Happy Phrases (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Botanical Stack (DCWV), Early espresso (SU!)
Ink: Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Coffee Archival (Ranger)
Accessories: Gathered Box Template Set & Cutting Files (Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs), Sweet Scallop Tag Die (A Cut Above by Verve), Sentiment Flags Die (Lil' Inker Designs), Lots of Love punch, mini library clip, cherry cobbler seam binding, gold cording (SU!), flower (Prima), glass glitter star (Frost It Pink), clear detail embossing powder (Judikins), SCAL software (CraftEdge), Cricut Expression (ProvoCraft), triple pearl stick pins (Maya Road)

Friday, March 25, 2011

Chloe's Casa Spotlight Day 3

Hola peeps!  Today is the final day of Spotlight Hops! Tonight we'll be revealing the new sets and dies from 9-11pm Eastern at our Release Party!  Drop on by... there will definitely be something to chirp about!

In the meantime, Let's Go to the HOP!!!  All the cats and CHICKS can get their kicks at the hop!  And today we're kicking off the first peeks at a set called Chicks Rule, a whimsical set for all the chicks in your life!  The Divas are also debuting the Flutterby Die today, which coordinates with the butterfly from this fun set.  And you guessed it... there's a prize hidden on one of today's hop spots, so leave a little shout-out in the comments as you hop about for a chance to win some new Vervey goodness!  But you better hurry, the deadline for commenting is tonight at 6pm Mountain!  Check out the Verve Blog today for all the prize details and to meet the three Chicklets debuting in this set.

You can find the master hop list at the bottom of this post, but for now I'll turn your attention to my project for today... Chloe's Casa featuring Chicks Rule,  the Charming Oval Die Set and  the Sweet Birdhouse Template Set & Cutting Files from Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs.  Isn't this little birdhouse template just the cutest???

I cut the birdhouse shapes from Quite Contrary designer paper using my Cricut Expression and SCAL software, then assembled.  Although there's also a PDF included in Kelleigh's template set, so you could totally do this "old school" with scissors. {wink} The template cuts a peephole out, but I wanted a scallop edge to match the roof, so I simply punched a 1-3/8" circle punch out of espresso cardstock, then punched around the negative of the shape with the scallop circle punch and glued my resulting frame around the peephole.

Chloe from Chicks Rule is the perfect sized chick to hang out in this little Casa, so I colored her with prismacolor pencils and gamsol, then tucked her inside.  The flower in her hair matches the solo flower in the set, so I punched it out with one of the punches from the SU! mini punch pack, then colored with Copics and popped up for a little dimension.  It looked so cute, I decided to giver her a little garden of flowers at the base of her little casa.

The sentiment is one of my favorite's from the Chicks Rule set, and is stamped on the largest die from the Charming Oval Die Set.  To give it a quick little mat (and a little pouch to tuck my stick pin), I simply cut two more of the large charming oval from early espresso and staggered them above and below the cream layer.  That triple pearl stick pin is a scrumptious little treat from Pizzazz Aplenty and I finished off with some aqua shabby wrinkled ribbon.

So that wraps it up for me today!  I hope to see y'all tonight at the party!  Happy hopping!!!

1. Maureen 7. Sankari
2. Amy 8. Tosh
3. Amber 9. Julee (ME)
4. Janelle 10. Andrea
5. Teresa 11. Charmaine
6. Laurie  

Enabler's List:
Stamps: Chicks Rule (Verve Stamps)
Quite Contrary (My Mind's Eye), Early Espresso (SU!), Cream
Ink: Early Espresso (SU!), Prismacolor pencils & gamsol, Copic markes, Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Charming Oval Die Set (A Cut Above by Verve), Sweet Birdhouse Cutting Files (Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs), Mini Punch Pack, 1-3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch (SU!), shabby wrinkled ribbon (Prairie Bird Boutique), Triple Pearl stick pins (Pizzazz Aplenty, Cricut Expression, SCAL software

Friday, November 26, 2010

Joyful Gift Card Holders & Blog Candy

Hi peeps!  Happy Friday!  I thought I'd pop in and change up the scenery a bit.  Are you having a fabulous start to the holiday season?   I've taken advantage of quite a few little online sales, but I am not one to leave my house on a perfectly good morning that I could sleep in!!!  Speaking of online sales, Verve has all stamps on sale through Monday! Yay!

The other night I got some quality time in the studio and decided to dust off my Cricut Expression and some cutting files and get to work some pocket gift card holders that could double as tree ornaments or gift tags.  Since trios are the name of the game with this month's Verve Project Parade, I made three little holders.

The idea for this project started when I saw a gift card tag tutorial over on the Hybrid Chick blog.  I loved the idea, and thought it would be really fun to translate the concept with a cute shape that didn't require me to measure and cut angles!  :)  So I downloaded Kelleigh's Designer Label Shapes cutting files and used shape #5.  To make the tag, I cut two of the exact size the label comes into the Sure Cuts a Lot program as (3.48" x 4.15", one on cardstock, the other on patterned paper).  Then I resized the shape, adding .2 to the dimensions of each side (3.68" x 4.35")  and cut a cardstock mat for it.

Then I simply took the patterned paper piece (everything shown uses the Everybody Loves Christmas collection by Echo Park) and cut  and cut across the third ridge.  For the cardstock shape, I ran it through the Cuttlebug with the Candy Stripes embossing folder, then layered the patterned paper over the cardstock shape and secured the three sides with 1/8" scor-tape to form a pocket.  {Note:  I used the thin tape to make sure I'd have enough room for my gift card to slide into the pocket.}  For this holder, I added a Rosette from patterned paper, accented with a circle stamped with the medium snowflake from Glad Tidings and a sentiment from Holiday Phrases.  I added some May Arts Twill ribbon, a swarovski rhinestone from Pizzazz Aplenty and then layered the whole thing on a pink pirouette mat.  The hole is punched with a crop-a dile and I added some baker's twine and accented the paper with liquid pearls to finish it off.

For this second holder, I stamped the Joy sentiment from Glad Tidings on a circle, then added some real red polka dot ribbon, ruffled and a big bow to accent.  And again, there's a little bit of liquid pearl goodness added for accent.

For the third holder, I simply tied some May Arts striped ribbon around it, then added some red jingle bells with some silver cording.  The sentiment from Holiday Phrases is added on a piece of vellum and I accented with a shiny silver pearl from Pizzazz Aplenty.

Okay, I hope you've enjoyed these fun little gift card holders!  I had a blast making them, and it makes me feel not quite as lame when I take the easy way out and just give gift cards instead of braving the mall!

So if you've read all the way to here, you must want to know what the blog candy is.  I recently saw these Texture Fades at the store and had to have them only to find out that I had had them on backorder with another company and they shipped that same day!  Oops!  So I'm offering up the extras to one of you for your crafting pleasure.  Just leave  me a comment on this post by Monday night (11/29), and I'll pick a random winner to receive these four embossing folders!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic weekend!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Butterfly Thoughts

Happy Thursday!  I'm looking forward to a loooong weekend.  We're starting a bit early, so I'll be hanging with my hubby Friday through Monday!  Yay!  Today, I'm pulling out another August VLV card {August Week 4} I made last week but didn't get posted.  This one combines the frame from Love Story with a sentiment from Kind Words.

I chose the third inspiration option for this sketch, loving the colors, the paisley pattern mixed with the stripes, and the graph look of the window panes.  The photo kind of reminded me of the new ABC's & 123's digi papers from Sugarplum Paperie, so I went with that, choosing the graph paper, some red diamond checks and some sagey aqua to print. 

The Love Story frame is stamped in Cherry Cobbler on the graph paper, then I lightly filled in the edges with a blender pen and stamped the Kind Words sentiment inside.  I then embossed just the bottom portion of the graph paper with a paisley Cuttlebug folder and inked up the edges for a little vintage effect.  The aqua piece is embossed with the candy cane stripes embossing folder and I added some riding hood red taffeta.  I punched the fountain fun corner adorner punch from the top two corners of the red paper, then punched again on early espresso and the leftover flourish shapes were fit into the corner punched paper.  I finished off with a trio of butterflies punched and popped up for the circles in the sketch and a few little chocolate pearl accents.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Love Story

Happy Saturday!  Our Anni-VERVE-sary release is less than a week away and today we're kicking off our week of new release spotlights!  We've changed our format a little bit this month, and we've got 6 little mini hops planned for you between now and the release.  Tune in each day as the Verve team shows you what they've been doing with our 8 new sets!  We've hidden a prize on one of the participating blogs each day (the full link list is at the bottom of this post), so leave a little comment love as you hop around to be entered into a drawing to win that day's featured stamps!  Deadline for comment entries is 6PM Eastern Friday, August 20.  Winners will be announced at our Anni-VERVE-sary Bash Release Party that night.

Our first spotlight is shining on Love Story... my take on the Wedding/Anniversary theme.  This set is jam packed with traditional and heartfelt sentiments (both large and small) and some elegant imagery to match.  For my project, I went a little scrappy, so there's not too much stamping here, but I LOVE the way it turned out!  A friend of ours is getting married soon, and this was exactly the project I needed to house a little gift card.

I started with Kelleigh's Funky Bag #2 Cutting Files and cut the bag out of some Meadow Lark Dusk (My Mind's Eye) paper using my Cricut Expression and SCAL software.  While I was at it, I resized some of Kelleigh's Doodle Labels & Frames and cut them out along with the letters L, V and E for the card.  I stamped the small Wedding Wishes sentiment from Love Story at the bottom of the tag, then layered some heart punches, and some itty bitty buttons, then attached to the bag with a beaded pin through some wrinkled seam binding ribbon.

Once the bag was finished, I moved on to the card.  A few days after I sent Love Story off to the manufacturer, I saw an ad that used a double ring image for the word love, and ever since then I haven't been able to get the idea for this card out of my head!  I embossed the double ring image from Love Story in gold, then punched out  with a circle punch and filled in with Gold Stickles for some super shimmery goodness.   I embossed some white and cherry cobbler cardstock with the Vintage Wallpaper embossing folder, then cut the heart with the Primitive Hearts Sizzix die and used decorative scissors to hand cut a scalloped mat.  I used a scrap from the same paper as the bag, punching the edge with the Iron Gate Martha Stewart punch, then adding a coordinating black mat.  I finished off with a black bow and some more wrinled ribbon to tie complete the ensemble.

Okay, here's the link list of today's spotlight hops.
Be sure to check out everyone's projects with Love Story!

1. Mercy7. Julee (ME!)
2. Jen T.8. Teresa
3. Susan9. Amber
4. Sony10. Maureen
5. Tosh11. Lynda
6. Laurie

And don't forget to leave a little love along the way for a chance to win!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

A Good Steward

Hi y'all!  Happy Thursday.  I've been working like mad trying to get all the behind the scenes tasks done for our release.  So this afternoon I thought I deserved a quick little break to recharge my batteries.  So I popped up to my studio to make a little gifty.

From a very young age, I remember my parents telling me I needed to be a good steward of the things given me.  Not only talents and skills, but also the things that fill up our homes.  It's a good thing to use what you have instead of constantly wanting something you don't.  I find myself in a constant battle trying to remember this.  And I've had this guilty little secret hiding in my stamp room since Christmas.  It's called a Cricut Expression and SCAL (Sure Cuts a Lot) software and it's been nagging at me all year long, along with the gluttony of papers and supplies filling up my studio - a big, loud reminder of my failure to be a good steward of the blessings I've been given.  Another thing I just HAD to have that hasn't been used.

So this weekend I watched a few YouTube videos on how it works, then pulled it out, dusted it off and installed the software.  Kelleigh Ratzlaff (template designer extraordinaire) has started designing cutting files to use with digital cutters, so I had to test things out to see if it really was as easy as everybody said.  Well, let's just say I am in LOVEEEEE!  The first template I cut out, I seriously felt like I was cheating!  {You'll be seeing that one this weekend.}  All I had to do was score and decorate!  EEEK!  I'm hooked and you'll see a lot more from me in the near future using this new best buddy of mine!  Mr. Cricut and I?  We're pals now!  :)

Kelleigh has just released a few of her best selling templates as cutting files for only $1.99 over at the digichick.  And now through Friday, they're on sale for only $1.59.  SERIOUSLY???  I spend more than that on a pretty piece of paper that I only get to cut into once.  For today's project I used the Funky Bag #1 Cutting Files and also laid it out on my screen so I could include the freebie Paper Flower Pieces and the freebie Fancy/Funky Bag Scallops all on one 12x12 piece of paper with one pass through the Cricut!  Since my paper was double sided, I flipped the scallop border horizontally so that it would line up when I used the other side of the paper.

And that yummy paper flower?  See those nine little flowers from the free Paper Flower Pieces?  Cut perfectly with my Cricut using some SU! specialty paper that's been collecting dust.  Then I just followed the easy steps in this flower tutorial video.  While the flower was drying, I simply scored and assembled the bag, then made a little tag with a sentiment from Fluttering By and attached it all with some black wrinkled ribbon and a bit of twine.  Super easy and fun!

Oh, and speaking of Fluttering By, if you're planning to participate in our Fluttering By/Petals & Stems Ready, SET, Stamp challenge, the deadline is quickly approaching.  Link up your entries {over here} by Sunday, 8/15 for a chance to win!

Okay, thanks for stopping by! Have a great day!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop!

Welcome to our Anni-VERVE-sary Blog Hop! Verve turns 3 years old today and we’re celebrating with a hop! Since I'm in charge, I get to kick things off with the first stop on the hop!  So if you just happened along, jump on in!  We've got some Verve-alicious eye candy as well as plenty of blog candy, too!  So grab a cup of joe (or your beverage of choice) and hop along with us!

PRIZE INFO:  There's a mystery jackpot hidden among all the blog hop posts!  It's a secret which hop is the hiding spot, but one random commenter on that post will win a $75 Verve gift certificate!  So it's in your best interest to comment on as many posts as you can!
The Verve Divas also have a little something to give away on their blogs! Leave them some love on their hop posts and you'll be eligible to win one of the sets they're featuring today. You've got until 11:59pm on Wed. 8/4 to leave your comments, so there's a few days to get through all the hops.  You can refer to the Master Hop List  at any time for the full list of links, and we've even designated which blogs belong to Divas so you can be sure to find their posts!

Oh, and we have a big Anni-VERVE-sary sale starting today and also just announced our two fabulous Guest Divas for August!  Check the Verve Stamps Blog today for the scoop!

Okay, let's get this party started!  When I sat down to make my blog hop project, I couldn't decide on what set to use. Then after a lot of shuffling pretty papers around on my desk, I finally decided to just go back to the beginning.  Thoughtful Florals and Fancy Florals were the first stamps I designed and I still love them to this day.  For the card, I used the August Week 1 Viva la Verve! sketch and chose my own inspiration photo.  I stamped my own paper for the white floral background, then used some digi papers from the Fru Fru paper pack.  The top heavy pillow box is a new template from Kelleigh Ratzlaff that is part of her August Grab Bag. I used the same digi papers to put it together, then made a fun little stamped tag to finish it off.  I had a blast inking up these old favorite sets!   Like what you see?  Just leave a comment on this post for a chance to win both Thoughtful Florals and Fancy Florals!

Thanks for stopping by! Now it's time to hop on over to Becca's blog, for some more celebrating!  Happy hopping!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Like a Wildflower

Hi y'all!  Happy Wednesday!  Today I have another card I made before I left to share with you.  I've actually made a ton of cards while here in Montana, but I didn't bring my camera and didn't want to make Laurie do all my dirty work for me!  LOL  :)

This card uses an adorable little Seed Packet Template that's included in Kelleigh Ratzlaff's May Grab Bag and also uses digi papers from the Something to Celebrate kit by Sugarplum Paperie.  (Both of these are on sale through the end of the month!)

Last time I used this paper, I went bright and colorful, but this time I chose a more subdued, shabby approach. I love papers that lend themselves to a variety of styles, and I particularly love this diamond print paper!  I printed the seedpacket template on Kraft, then cut out, inked the edges with Vintage Photo and left the cute little flap open to tuck a little surprise into.  The sentiment is from te Feel the Sun set, stamped in Fired Brick.  I made the flower with a few flower punches and a pearl center, then I made some little leaves from the diamond paper.  The lace is from Webster's Pages and I added some bling, some buttons and a cute little linen thread bow to finish things off.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Penguin Mojo

Happy Monday!  It's time for a new Mojo Monday sketch, and this week's is fun, fun, fun.  Well, I always think cards with lots o' layers and tilted panels are fun!  To kick off the first day of my 2 weeks of vacation, I decided to go for a bright, colorful and fun spin on this week's sketch. I just adore this little penguin from The Cat's Pajamas, and these fun digi papers from Sugarplum Paperie seemed like the perfect fit for a whimically festive card. I can't wait to hop off the plane this evening and say "hola!" to Laurie.

The stamps are from the new Hola Tequila set by TCP.  I stamped the penguin, sentiment and the border on a Labels Nestabilities diecut, then colored with Copic markers and some fun Spica glitter pens for uber shine!  :)  The papers are from the gorgeous Something to Celebrate digi kit.  {It's half price right now during the DigiChick birthday bash, and soooooo worth $3!!!)  Everything's matted with a really deep french roast cardstock that really makes the colors pop.  I used an EK Success border punch for the curvy border and then finished off with a Candy Sprinkles button and some beige linen thread.  (I love this stuff!)

Well, that about wraps it up!  I'll be out of town for a couple of weeks, so if things are quiet here on the ole blog, just know that I'm off having fun and thinking of you!  Hope you have a fabulous week!  This month's project parade kicks off this week over on the Verve Blog, so be on the lookout for this month's fun theme!

Monday, April 26, 2010

The Little Things

Happy Tuesday!  I've been itching to create something other than a card for a while now, so I pulled out the large Tapered Box Template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff and printed it with some gorgeous digi papers from the Le Petit Oiseau collection by Sugarplum Paperie.  I love how these papers looked together in the preview, so I made a little strip of 1" squares with the digi papers and printed it in the margins of the template for my main panel accent.

Once I cut and scored my template, I sponged all of the scored areas with some Pumice Stone distress ink.  Next I used my new Journal Plate + Brackets punch from EK Success to punch a little tag from the same paper design as the base of the template.  I embossed the "It's the little things that matter most" sentiment from Relax in black, then added some Pumice Stone sponging and hand cut a thin black mat for it.

I've been seeing these gorgeous handmade flowers all over blogland, but still hadn't given it a shot myself.  I've watched a few different tutorials on these, and probably took a bit from all of them, since I just winged it.  To start I punched 3 flowers from the orange paper in Le Petit Oiseau using the SU! large flower punch.  I freehand cut a couple leaves out of the green paper, then lightly sponged the edges with Crushed Olive distress ink for a little depth.  The flower is crimped and folded and layered until I achieved the look I wanted from each petal, then I stuck a Maya Road black pearl stick pin through the center. I wanted a little more distressing, so I painted the petals with some Rock Candy crackle paint and let it dry.  I also punched two 1/8" circle punches in the top flap of the box and weaved the stick pin through those holes to secure it.  I finished off by punching a small circle in the sentiment tag, then tying it around the flower with some black burlap string.

Okay, that's it for today!  Hope you have a fabulously creative day!

What's In It?
Stamps: Relax (Verve)
Paper: Le Petit Oiseau digital papers (Sugarplum Paperie), Black cardstock
Ink: Black Soot, Crushed Curry, Pumice Stone (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Tapered box Template (Kelligh Ratzlaff Designs), beaded hat pin (Maya Road), Journal Plate & Brackets label punch (EK Success), burlap string, ribbon, Rock Candy crackle paint (Ranger)

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ready, Set, Stamp - Coffee Style

Hey everyone!  How's your week going?  Mine's just speeding right along, as usual.  :)  My project today is for a challenge going on right now in the Verve forum.  It's called Ready, SET, Stamp, and all you have to do is create a new card or project using Verve's Delightful & Delicious set and link it up on --> this thread <-- for a chance to win one of our upcoming new release sets!  The deadline for entries is 6 PM Eastern next Friday night (April 23).

Okay, now that we're through the announcements, let's get on with the stamping!  I'm not sure if I've mentioned my love for my Keurig coffee maker before, but we're a match made in heaven.  I'm the only one in my house who drinks coffee regularly and having a single-serve machine makes it possible for me to have coffee whenever I want and not feel guilty for making a whole pot when all I want is a cup!  I've had my machine for several years now and they've made me a Keurig fan for life.  Shortly after the 1 year mark of owning my original machine, the heat element stopped working.  And even though I never registered and the warranty was expired, the customer service department shipped me a brand new machine free of charge AND extended the warranty on that machine for an additional year!  Talk about service!  Great customer service and the best cup of coffee around!  Well, okay, looks like I didn't get on with the stamping just yet - sorry about that tangent, but I promise I'm moving in that direction!  My project is a basket filled with K-cups for another Keurig lover and a coordinating card, both using the Delightful & Delicious set.

For the basket, I used the digital Easter Basket Template by Kelleigh Ratzlaff.  I knew I wanted a bigger basket than the standard size, so I scaled the template in Photoshop and printed just the outline on a 12 x 12" piece of Baja Breeze Textured Cardstock.  Then it was simply a matter of cutting, scoring and assembling with a bit of vintage lace around the top.  Next I embossed the two coffee cups from Delightful & Delicious, colored them and then layered on a Labels 10 die cut  that I had already threaded with some burlap string in a criss cross formation.  The Thanks a Latte stake is on Classic & Scallop Nestabilities and I adhered it to a lollipop stick and then tied a baja breeze bow around the stick.  Next I just filled with a little tissue paper, crinkled confetti and Donut Shop Coffee K-Cups.

Once that was done, I set it aside and worked on a coordinating card using up scraps from this project.  I hadn't pulled out any of my fleur de lis toys lately, so I embossed the background with the Fleur de Lis folder and added a little punched EK Success Fleur de lis border.  I stamped the little flourish on the coffe mug, colored and cut out, then layered over the sentiment panel with a little lace and a taffeta bow.

Whew!  That was a long post today!  Hope you enjoyed stopping by as much as I enjoyed creating this project.  Have an awesome day!

What's In It?
Stamps:  Delightful & Delicious (Verve Stamps)
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Cream
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Baja Breeze (SU!), Antique Linen, Vintage Photo (Ranger Distress)
Accessories:  Easter Basket Template (Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs), Labels 10 and Classic & Scallop Circles Nestabilities (Spellbinders), Round-it-all, vintage lace, chocolate taffeta, baja breeze grosgrain (SU!), liquid pearls (Ranger), Fleur de lis embossing folder (Cuttlebug), fleur de lis border punch (EK Success), burlap string, lollipop stick (Wilton)

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Time to Celebrate

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone! I've got another post scheduled for later on today, but since I've been crafting up a storm lately, I thought I'd share this little gift ensemble I made. I've been so busy that for the last couple months I haven't had much time to stamp. This weekend, I finally got some quality stamping time in and made about 6 cards. Then I was just so bored with cardmaking (eek, say it's not so!) and Mark was still X-Box-ing, so I decided to do a hybrid project. I downloaded this fabulous little Pointy Treat Bag template from Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs back in January, and I haven't had a spare moment to play until now.

I used a gorgeous digi paper pack by Sugarplum Paperie called Le Petit Oiseau. I loved the flowery paper so much, that I shrunk it down to a little accent size and printed two in the margins of the template, so I wasn't wasting any paper! I think being able to scale a pattern like that is my favorite part of using digital papers.

A little side note about printing: several of you have asked what type of printer I print my digi projects on. I have an Epson R1900 printer. I absolutely love it. It does print wide format up to 13x19", and although I rarely print anything larger than 8.5 x 11", I purchased it with the idea that I'd do some 11 x 17 brochure printing (which hasn't happened...yet! LOL) Ink usage is always a big question, too. And just like with Copics and cardstock, the paper is a big factor in ink usage. I use Epson Ultra Premium Matte Presentation Paper for almost all of my hybrid projects. I've had the printer over a year and only just had to replace the yellow and cyan cartridges last week. (I print more aqua than anything else - go figure! LOL) I also always adjust the print properties each time I print to let the printer know exactly what paper I'm using so it will automatically use the right amount of ink for the paper type. I don't print a whole lot of digi papers, just a couple pages a week, so I would categorize myself as a moderate ink user.

Okay, on with the making of... after printing out the template and accents, I trimmed them out, and scored all the lines. The pointy flaps fold down, so they're actually the back side of the paper. You could easily print the template on double-sided paper for a different effect, but I actually wanted the white to show for my card, to give me a little home for the Happy Birthday sentiment from Big Wish. I simply traced the pointy flap onto black cardstock and then cut slightly larger to adhere a black map under the flap. I inked up the edges of the flap, as well as the square paper accent with some Crushed Olive Distress ink, then just added a big May Arts ribbon and a couple brads. The handle is black cardstock, punched on both edges with an SU! loop edge border punch.
And since it never feels right to make a little gift packaging by itself, I had to make a little 3x3" coordinating notecard. For this, I simply used the other paper I had resized and printed with my template and some black scraps from cutting my flaps and handle. I embossed the white panel with the script embossing folder for cuttlebug and stamped the Time to celebrate sentiment from Big Wish onto a tag die cut from SU!, then hand cut a thin black mat, and finished off with a prima flower, some Kaisercraft pearls and a little polka dot ribbon.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Life is Beautiful

Hi Everyone! Today I'm sharing my circle version of this week's Mojo Monday sketch. This one features more papers from that gorgeous little Tiny Princess digi paper pack from Sugarplum Paperie. Love it! I've been doing a little re-organizing in my craft room lately, and I ran across an entire box of fun fibers. Remember when those were really popular? It was all the rage when I discovered Splitcoast about 3.5 years ago. Anyhow, I thought it would be fun to try to use them again, and since these ones are all sorts of stringy, I went with a little shabby chic feel to the card.

The card is pretty basic, I stamped the Life is Beautiful sentiment from Fairy Tales in Vintage Photo ink and then used my Square Nestabilities as a stencil to sponge and inner border of Antique Linen. Next I cut some butterflies from the polka dot paper with my new Beautiful Wings Embosslits die, sponged the edges, layered a few and added some chocolate pearls. I finished off with an Old Olive Mat and a Chocolate Chip base, accented with some liquid pearls.

What's In It?
Stamps: Fairy Tales (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Tiny Princess digi paper pack (Sugarplum Paperie), Old Olive, Chocolate Chip, Vanilla (SU!)
Ink: Vintage Photo, Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Circle and Square dies (Nestabilities), Beautiful Wings Embosslits (SU!), fibers, liquid pearls, pearls

Monday, February 22, 2010

A Spring in My Step

Hey everyone! Welcome to another week! I'm happy to be participating in the first Waltzingmouse Stamps Customer Blog Hop today. If you've been hopping along, you probably arrived here by way of Pauline's blog. If not, never fear, just click on over to the WMS blog to start from the beginning. This is also the square version of this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

The theme for the hop is spring, and although I've indulged in quite a collection of Claire's beautiful stamps, I had to think a little outside the box to create something springy. I finally settled on creating my own flower with stamps from the new Small Vintage Circles set. I had some papers from the darling Tiny Princess digi paper pack by Sugarplum Paperie printed out and decided to take my inspiration from the pinks and greens in the pack. So I stamped the leaf shape 5 times on the pink paper, then trimmed out. Next I stamped the larger solid circle and punched out with a larger circle punch, then sponged the edges, layered all the pieces together and covered the solid stamping with a nice little coating of Cotton Candy Stickles.

Next up I stamped the gorgeous frame from Very Vintage Labels #1 on Buttercream cardstock in Regal Rose, then cut out with the Labels 1 Nestabilities and sponged lightly with Pink Pirouette. The sentiment is stamped in old olive with the For You stamp in the Very Vintage Christmas set. Then it was just a matter of finishing off with a little ribbon and pearls. Okay, there you have it. That's my card in a nutshell! :)

Next up on the hop is Stephanie Grubb.
Happy hopping!

My Toys:
Small Vintage Circles, Very Vintage Labels #1, Very Vintage Christmas (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Tiny Princess Digi Paper Pack (Sugarplum Paperie)
Ink: Regal Rose, Old Olive, Pink Pirouette (SU!), Antique Linen (Ranger Distress)
Accessories: Old Olive Satin Ribbon, Pink Grosgrain ribbon (SU!), Labels 1 Nestabilities (Spellbinders), pearls, Cotton Candy Stickles, circle punch

For those of you new to my blog, the comment link is in the upper right corner of the page, next to the post title. Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sketchy Love

Happy Thursday! Today I have a card I made using yesterdays sketch challenge over on Splitcoaststampers {SC264}. I haven't gotten to play in many challenges lately, so as soon as I finished work yesterday I ran up to my studio and did a little stamping.

The card is pretty straightforward. The sentiment and flowers are all from the Love's Flower set, stamped in A Muse black ink and then colored with Copics. I added a few little pearls to the centers of the flowers, then matted with Basic Gray cardstock. The pattern paper is from the Addicted to You digital kit by Madame Wing. I bought the kit for the adorable robots, but LOVE the papers too!

To finish things off, I added a sheer eggshell bow and tied a little sweet blossom flower around the center, adding a little glitz with some Stardust Stickles.

My Toys:
Stamps: Love's Flower (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Addicted to You Digital Kit (Madame Wing), Basic Gray cardstock (SU!)
Ink: A Muse Black ink, Copic Markers
Accessories: pearls, paper flower (Zva Creative), ribbon, Stardust Stickles

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Fabulous Wanderlust

Hi everyone! Happy Wednesday! I hope your week is going great so far. I've been busily packing orders, but thought I'd pop in to share another card I made for our recent release. This card uses the Love's Flower set and I paired it with digi papers from the Wanderlust Paper Pack by Quirky Twerp.

{Personal side note: At the beginning of this year, I made the very hard decision to step down from all my non-Verve design work. I adore The Cat's Pajamas, the digichick and Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs and will continue to use their products (and you should try them if you haven't ... the women behind these fabulous businesses are top-notch people with integrity and heart), but I was finding the need to simplify my "have-to's" so I could make time for more "get-to" stamping. You know what I mean?}

Anyhow, as soon as I saw the color palette in these digi papers, I just had to purchase and download them to paper piece the large flower in the new Love's Flower set. It's also a fabulous palette for shabby chic creations, a style I totally admire and hope to get a little better at! Practice makes perfect, right? :)

Okay, on with the card. I stamped the flower four times. Once on white cardstock, twice on the coral colored paper and once on the green paper. Then I just cut out, sponged the outer edges with old olive and cameo coral ink (this gives a lot of dimension without a lot of effort), then layered on the white cardstock image with dimensionals. I finished off the focal piece with a button center tied with linen thread.

The rest of the layers are all cut from the digi papers and I used the Floral Lace Martha Stewart punch. This is the third card I used it on, and it now will not work. I've tried all the little waxed paper and aluminum foil tricks. It's not stuck, it just won't press down to punch the cardstock. GRRRR! The MS punches have the cutest designs but are made with such poor workmanship. This is the fourth punch I've had this happen on. I've been repurchasing the punches because I love the designs, but no more! Hear that, Martha? LOL

Anyhow, for embellishment I added a little vintage lace trim, along with some pearls from Michael's. Then I finished off with a button tag embellishment, stamped with the fabulous {just the way you are} sentiment from Love's Flower.

Okay, back to the grind. Have a fantastic day!

My Toys:
Stamps: Love's Flower (Verve Stamps)
Paper: Wanderlust Paper Pack (Quirky Twerp)
Ink: Black, Coral, Soft Sky, Old Olive
Accessories: Floral lace punch (Martha Stewart), vintage lace trim, buttons, linen thread, Nestabilities tag die, mini pearls, dimensional foam, Stardust Stickles

Friday, January 15, 2010

All You Need is Love

Da da da da da. All you need is love.... Hi everyone! Happy Friday! And doubly happy because tonight from 9-11PM Eastern is our Release Party over in the Verve forum. Be there or be square! LOL

I spent yesterday evening stuffing stamps, then all night working on getting the website ready and now it's almost 5:00 am and I'm typing up my blog post and hoping to get a few hours of shut eye before my sister comes to help me package more stamps! So I'd suggest you grab a cup of joe, because the sleepier I am the chattier I get! LOL

I have a couple of things to show you today. The first is a sneak peek of the final set, called Love's Flower. This set was inspired by two awesome quotes Jen del Muro and Jackie Pedro submitted. Jen picked a John Lennon quote with the idea that it would be a great quote for wedding cards. And Jackie picked a John Lennon quote wrapped inside a Charles M Schulz (the Peanuts creator) quote. I love them both! And of course I had to throw in a few flowery things and all-around sentiments to round out the set.

My project was completely inspired by the Peanuts quote and also counts for Sankari's 3D Challenge. I knew I wanted to make a little holder for a big ole' chocolate bar. And I must have been truly inspired because I even designed my own little box for it! Now, those of you who've been around my blog for the past few years know that I'm not one of those crafty people who are engineering boxes and things in my sleep. I totally try to leave all those measurements to the talented people who create templates and share them with the rest of the world. But I don't remember seeing a template like what I wanted, so I set out to make my own box. Now it's not rocket science and I'm sure I'm not the first person to think it up, but it's functional and I like it.

Anyhow, I'm a little too tired to go into the specifics of the box making, but if you want me to, I can do that at a later date. I started by inking up just the top half of the Peanuts quote and embossing it with Chocolate Chip ink on a Labels 6 Nestabilities die cut, then cut in half. Next I sponged around the inside edges with some Tattered Rose distress ink, then stamped the flower silhouette in chocolate chip on kraft cardstock and added a strip of cardstock embossed with the Vines Sizzix folder and finished off with an epoxy button from the Artsy.Licious line by Chatterbox.

For the inside I stamped the other half of the sentiment in chocolate chip and then tucked in a Valentine's Hershey Chocolate Bar. The pocket is about 1/2" thick, so it could handle some of the thicker candies like Reese's peanut butter cups, Twix bars, etc.

Okay, on to the coordinating card, which is a long card to fit Tosh's Any Shape But A2 Challenge. There's something in my cardmaking genes that always has to make a matching card when I make a gift box. Since I still had some sentiments from the Regal Heart Digi sitting on my desk, I decided to use the Happy Valentine's Day one. I cut and embossed it with long rectangles and matted with the long scallop rectangle nestabilities. The cardstock is from the Tropical American Crafts collection. I lined the two pieces up, taped together in back, then stamped the row of hearts from Thankful Hearts across the top and bottom with Worn Lipstick distress ink. The bottom border is punched with a Martha Stewart punch (Floral Lace). I then stamped that row of hearts repeatedly on a scrap of the coral paper and then punched out the hearts with an SU! punch. I finished off with a little vintage lace trim and a couple rhinestones to disguise the seam of the two papers.

Okay, I'm ready for a catnap. Hope to see y'all tonight! :)