Friday, December 30, 2011

Another b-day card

One of the reason I bought the Tremendous Treats: Valentines set was for the puppy.  It was adorable in the Tiny Treat version, and the super-sized one is just as cute.

I colored the pup using Copics T1, T4, T6 and a colorless blender.

I used the scripty Background Basics: Text Style and Birthday Bash Sentiments

Colors are Concorde Crush, Pear Pizazz and Smokey Shadow.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Rosie Posie Birthday Blitz

My dad will be 80 in January and I am blitzing him with birthday cards over the next few weeks, 1 for each decade ...

Here is one that I made using my new Rosie Posie set (the flowers are big and bold but the hexagon background strips are incredible)

I used the medium and small hexagon strips and stamped them in True Black then stamped Background Basics: Text Style in Real Red.  For the sentiment I used Happy Day

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Inspired by ...

... this purse

I was at a friend's house tonight and some other friends dropped by as well.  This was the purse that my friend's daughter had ... SO adorable

Here is the card I made:

No stamping, almost all punches or die cuts.  I used the Banner Builder dies for the feathers on the chest, a 2" circle punch cut in half for the eyebrows, 3 circle punches in graduated sizes for the eyes and then fussy cut the beak to closely match the picture.

Everything was mounted on a Crumb Cake base. Main colors are Pumpkin Pie and Ocean Tides.  The patterned paper is the Jolly By Golly mini deck from Cosmo Cricket.

ETA:  I couldn't help it, they were so stinkin' cute I made a whole herd of them (or whatever it is you call a group of owls :)

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Saturday, December 24, 2011

OWH Sunday Sketch #100

OWH Sunday Sketch posted its 100th sketch last week.  I finally had a chance to work on it about mid-week and am just being able to post

This birthday card is for a dear friend of mine's gramma who will be 94 in January.  I was originally going with a quilt type of theme but changed to the mixed patterns after I opened my PTI order.  I used the Bitty Background Blocks for the gingham layer and the rest is Rosie Posie.  The sentiment is from Happy Day
Colors are Baja Breeze, River Rock, Blushing Bride and Concord Crush from this weeks Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger.

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Moxie Fab World Tuesday Trigger

I rarely have a chance to participate in the Moxie Fab world challenges although I love all of them.  This week, the colors and stripes just inspired me. I almost made a bargello but that seemed too obvious to me and I wanted to do something different.

I played off the stripes and colors and made a new, modern take on the stripes using my new Rosie Posie set with its awesome-tastic hexagon background building strips

I decided the closest colors I had were Blushing Bride, Baja Breeze, River Rock and Concorde Crush (all SU!).  I stamped the open and solid hexagons in stripes alternating the colors like the trigger picture.

The sentiment and focal layer are from Happy Day

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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Another Birthday Blitz - CPS 248

I had a birthday blitz back in November to celebrate my aunts 90th.  I figure my dad's 80th should be equally blitzed (1 card for each decade).

Here is the first one using the CPS 248 sketch:

 I used Tiny Tags 2 along with the Tiny Tags die for the stars.  I pulled out my pour neglected Fancy Flourishes for the swirls.  And see that Celebrate stamp ...
Thats from my SU! Sale-a-bration preorder ... coming in January.  Its called Outlined Occasions and can be selected free with any $50 purchase. I colored the outline in using Copic Sketch markers R24, R29 and R59.
Inside I did a little more with the Flourishes.

Monday, December 19, 2011

MIM: Tags from Dies

I love when technique tutorials show you new ways to use things.  I went to a stamping conference once upon a time and one of the classes was 20 things you can do with markers.  The presenter said you should be able to come up with 10-20 things that you can do with something to make sure that you aren't just impulse buying.  I found that to be sage advice.  One day I will follow it :D

So at least now I have another thing I can do with my dies ... make tags !!

I actually made a couple of different ones because they were so stinkin' simple:
First up is a snowflake tag for my nephew.  I decided to go grungy for his birthday card and present tag this year.  I first cut the snowflake with the fold, then a full one.  On the full one I spritzed with Silver Foil, Blue, and Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz.  I then over-stamped with the Grunge Me set using True Black
 See the sparkles ... so shiny, but also "boy" since its graffiti :)
 The second tag is super simple, I used Tag Sale 5, Background Basics: Circles and In the Meadow.  I offset the full tag a little to show the white underneath.

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Sunday, December 11, 2011

OWH Sunday Sketch #99

This week I'm using the Sunday Sketch to prep for a stamp camp I'm holding at work this week

I had originally planned to make a more detailed card, but I am running out of steam to prep anything too intricate and my nights are booked from now til Friday when I start my vacation.  So this simple little layour combined with a high contrasting color combo seemed a better alternative.

Colors are Poppy Parade and Basic Black with a little Crumb Cake thrown in for the card base.  Stamps are Think Big Favorites and Harvest Berries.

Oh and if you stuck with reading for the whole post you get to learn the surprise.  I'm not bringing any of these stamps to stamp camp.  It will be a sample card for the layout, and they will be able to use the 12 other sets I'm bringing (for on of the attendees to make a calendar that everyone else has made already).  This will be a good test of their design skillz ... muwahahahahahahah ....

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Another OWH Sunday Sketch

I really like this weeks Sunday Sketch apparently,  I keep having ideas to make with it. This one is a shower card for one of the gals at church who is getting married next month.  The shower is today (nothing like keeping it last minute :)

Her colors are  indigo and grey/silver.  I couldn't find those colors in wrapping paper when I looked (at 1 store ... last night ... last minute remember) but I found some great striped paper that had a bright blue, turquoise, a lighter blue and white.  I really like the bright color combo so got that and knew immediately that I could make a card to match (horrible when you look at wrapping paper and think "Tempting Turquoise and Pacific Point")

I used my Hounds tooth embossing folder [SU!] and Background Basics stamps [PTI] for the patterns.  The bunny and gift stack is from TCP.  The sentiment is from Rustic Branches [PTI]

I spritzed the gift stack with vanilla Smooch Spritz [SU!] to give it a little celebratory sparkle.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

OWH Sunday Sketch: Merry & Bright

Most of my Christmas cards were made the week of Thanksgiving and mailed shortly thereafter.  I made one last one tonight to send with my niece's Christmas present using this weeks OWH Sunday Sketch (#98)

I used Rustic Snowflakes patterned paper for the squares ... it was released a year or 2 ago and has this great multi-patterned sheet.  I punched using my square punch right in a line so the pattern from the page is carried over in the squares..  The sentiment is from Fillable Frames #9

I added some texture to the base layer with Polka Dot Basics impression plate and some sparkle to my snowflake using Smooch Spritz (both vanilla and gold)

Main colors are River Rock and Poppy Parade.

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Saturday, December 3, 2011

Last SFYTT of the Year

Its the first Saturday of December and that means Sketch For You To Try time!  This is the last sketch of the year.  I've been happy to be able to participate in all the sketches this year. 

Here's a look at the past entries I've had for 2011:
Jan, Feb, Mar, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, and Nov.

It was really fun looking back over the whole year of sketch challenges :)

Here's December's offering:


 When I saw the sneaky peek on Facebook I just thought "snowflakes, its perfect for snowflakes".  So snowflakes it is ... Not a lot of stamping on this card  just the cloud from Up Up and Away and the sentiment and tree from In The Meadow.  The rest is patterned paper and die cuts (rolling hills, large and small snowflakes).

I added glitter and rhinestones to make it sparkle!

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Friday, December 2, 2011

OWH Sunday Sketch #97: Birthday Girl

My baby girl will be 19 next week - my how time flies!  She LOVES The Nightmare Before Christmas, as does my stamping buddy Tara.  Tara got these awesome NBC stamps from Simply Betty and I combined it with this week's Sunday Sketch for a birthday card of epic proportions

 I made the plaid panels using the striped image from Background Basics: Retro [PTI] stamped in True Black and Smokey Shadow.  The sentiment is from Birthday Bash Sentiments.
For Sally and Jack I colored with copics: T1,T4, T6 and V99 for the grays and black, E19, E8, R89, R59, R29, Y15 for everything else

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