Thursday, April 9, 2009

DCBD122 and CTD37 and Easter!

Hi! Today's card is another combined challenge card. If I don't combine them, I don't get to play in as many as I want! Plus, when someone tells you what colors to use and what sketch to do, it makes it soooooo much easier to create! The colors for this card come from the Color Throwdown CTD37 blog. I love the color combos they come up with here are this weeks colors:

They are Cameo Coral, Sage Shadow, and Pink Piouette. Very pretty together and I would never have thought of it on my own!

The sketch is from yesterday's challenge over at Splitcoaststampers SC223.

And finally, I love playing in the Diva Coffee Break Design challenges because they do current Stampin' Up! only stuff. And you know how much I love Stampin' Up! They challenge this week DCBD122 is to use your Big Shot to make your card. I used the Daisies #2 Bigz die that makes a gorgeous flower when layered. Here's my card:

I really love how this turned out! I think I'll give it to my MIL for Mother's Day. You can't tell from this pic, but I also added texture to the leaves using my SU! Texturz Plates. The leaves are from the SU! Birds and Blooms die set. I love that SU! has so many exclusive dies. The DSP is from Candy Lane and the pearls and hat pin are from the Pretties Kit. The sentiment is from All Holiday's.

These next cards I made for my week of Easter projects. I made 14 of these and sent them to family and friends. I love the SAB Delicate Dots DSP and have some left. I used it for these cards:

The cross is from Refuge and Strength, the sentiment is from All Holiday's. The leaves are cut using the SU! Little Leaves Sizzlet and the flowers are punched with the Trio Flowers punch. The Scallop Oval punch is new from the Occasions Mini. Don't forget about the great promotion Stampin' Up! has going on during the month of April. Purchase $40 from the Occasions Mini Catalog and choose one free "under $10" item from page 208 of the Spring-Summer Idea Book and Catalog. Free is always good!

Have a great day!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Spring Fever Stamp Camp & Easter #3

Hi Stamping Friends!

If you haven't RSVPed for next Tuesday's Spring Fever Stamp Camp, there's still a few spot's available. Here's a sampling of four of the five cards we will be stamping:

These cards were all inspired by wonderful cards on SCS. You can check out the originals by clicking on their stamp set name.

My only original design is Soft Summer. If it wasn't for the talent on Splitcoast, I'd have no cards at all! :)

Don't forget, there is still time to purchase the Ribbon of the Month and the Product Parade. April's ribbon is the 5/8" Striped In Color Grosgrain. You get 3 yards each of 6 colors for only $15. That's 18 yards of ribbon for only $15. The product for this month is the Corduroy Buttons and Brads. You get 48 buttons in 8 great colors for only $24. These special purchases must be ordered and paid for by April 14th. Don't miss out on owning these fabulous Stampin' Up accessories!

Today's Easter project is another CASE. (Seriously, I wonder if I have a creative, original bone in my body!) I saw this fun carrot card on SCS and had to make one!
Isn't that creative! Pick A Petal is one of the most versatile and underused sets on my shelf. I can't believe how many things you can make with this stamp set! I hope to have more to show you tomorrow. Until then, happy stamping!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Easter Project Day #2

Yesterday I showed you my Top Note Bunny bag topper. Today I have another Easter project using the Top Note die. This time it's a cute Easter Basket with ribbon roses. I cut strips of retired Chocolate Chip DSP and wove them like a basket (under, over, under, over). Then, using a gluestick, I glued them to a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock. Then I ran the whole thing through my Big Shot and cut it out with the Top Note die. If you do not own this die yet, you need to! I use it ALL the time! The box part was made using a piece of Chocolate Chip cardstock. I'm not super happy with the dimensions of it, so I didn't write them down. I wish it was a little wider. This is the first time I've made my own box (without following a tutorial) and I didn't play around long enough. Hopefully in the future I'll try again and get it right.

The ribbon roses were made using 12" pieces of grosgrain ribbon. ChristineCreations has an awesome tutorial on her blog. I made one Chocolate and five Saffron roses and then attached (with Glue Dots) them to a scallop circle that I cut out of Whisper White.

The sentiment is from All Holidays, and the color combo is from today's Color Challenge over at SCS. You can click on the link on the right side.

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a blessed Easter week!

Another Color and Sketch Challenge!

O.K. I'm really starting to think I need a 10-step program! How many color and sketch challenges do I need to do? A lot! Especially if I have the time, inclination and need samples for my upcoming classes. Yep! All is good in stampingland. Today's card uses the sketch from Jen del Muro's Sketch For You To Try SFYTT .

And the color combo comes from the challenge over at Splitcoaststampers CC213.

I'm really lovin' the new set from the SU! Occaions Mini called Great Friends. Love the butterfly. I can't wait to post the card we'll be doing at my next class. If you haven't RSVPed yet, you better! Seats are filling up quickly. So here's my card for the double challenge:

I think these colors would make an awesome card for a baby boy. But I'm not doing a class on baby boy cards. I'm doing a class with butterflies, birds, and blooms!

Stay tuned! I hope to post another Easter project.
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Mojo Monday and Easter Peeps

Yay! It's Easter Break! That equals one week of guitless stampin' for mom. :) Every Monday, there is a new sketch challenge over at the Mojo Monday blog. I never seem to get around to it until the end of the week. So today's card is from last Monday's challenge Mojo80. Even though I finished it this weekend, I'm trying to spread out my posts! Hopefully I'll be able to get to this weeks sketch a little sooner, since it is a contest week. Here's the sketch:

I found another fabulous challenge to participate in. This one is a color challenge hosted by the super talented Dawn McVey. It's called Rasberry Suite Color Challenge RSCC3. Here's this week challenge:

Here's the card I made combining these two challenges:

I saw these cool flowers on SCS and just had to get the Sizzix Daisies #2 die from Stampin' Up! so I could make them! The bottom DSP is Raspberry Tart and the other DSP is from a Hostess Pack. The colors I used are Kraft, Very Vanilla, Cameo Coral, Real Red and Pretty in Pink. The sentiment is from Sincere Salutations.

Now on to my Easter Peeps. Our family loves Peeps. From what I'm told, it's an aquired taste, but we have it! There's nothing yummier than a nice fresh Peep, straight from the package. I personally love the bunnies over the chicks, but that's just me. I saw a cute bag over at SCS where she layered the Peeps like a rainbow. I thought it was so cute that I decided to make them for my kiddos and nieces and nephews for Easter.

Isn't it fun?! I made the simple little bunny topper using my SU! Top Note die. The ears and nose were made using Pretty In Pink ink and the Pick A Petal stamp set. The eyes were stamped with a circle from Enjoy Every Moment. The "whiskers" are the stem of the flower from Good Friend. I love the stack of rainbow Peeps!

I hope to have other Easter projects throughout the week. Check back tomorrow. I had a good stamping weekend, so I should have more posts.

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Diva Coffee Break 121 and Inspiration 174

Two posts in one day... it must have been a good stamping weekend!

I love the Stampin' Up! Only (SUO) challenges over at Diva Coffee Break Designs DCBD121. This week was a sketch challenge. Here's the sketch:

Saturday is always a fun challenge day over at SplitcoastStampers. It's the day they do the Inspiration Challenge IC174, which pretty much means look at some stuff, be inspired, and create anything that you want! It's one of the easiest challenges to participate in. This is what I was inspired by on the French Bull website:

I loved the colors in this bedding. I have the hardest time coming up with fresh color combos. Too bad there weren't more color challenges out there in blog world. Maybe I should start one... HA!! Anyhoo, my colors are Pink Passion, Summer Sun, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip, and Whisper White. Here's my card using the new Occasions Mini set Great Friend:

I really love how this turned out! I would never have come up with this color combo of my own. The DSP is also new from the Occasions Mini called A Walk In The Park. It's hard to see, but the Pink Passion card base is embossed with the Texturz Plates. Behind the clear buttons is a 3/4" circle of DSP from Bella Rose. I'm so sad that Kiwi Kiss will be retiring in July, because that means almost all my fave DSP will be retiring too!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

His Holy Name '09 King

Hosanna! Hosanna! Hosanna in the highest! Don't you just love Palm Sunday?! What a joyous day. We had a wonderful service at church today with kids and palm branches and beautiful praise to Christ our King! Today is the perfect day to be reminded of God as our King, which is the attribute we studied this week for the His Holy Name Challenge HHN09 hosted by Patter Cross. Patter does a wonderful job of inspiring us and then sending us out to discover the scripture for ourselves. The verses I chose for this 12x12 page are from Psalm 145 verses 1-3 and 11-13. "I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever. Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom." and "They will tell of the glory of your kingdom and speak of your might, so that all men may know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he had made." Is that awesome! I just loved these verses and had to use both. I tried to make this page look regal and royal. I'm not sure I accomplished that. It's a little too formal for me, but it's all good.
I used Old Olive, Chcolate Chip, River Rock, Perfect Plum cardstock and Brocade Background DSP (retired). The stamp I used is Kind Thoughts. The title (which is the part I like the least!) was cut with my Cricut using the Stone Script. The crown was cut using the paper dolls cartridge. The silk flowers are from Bazzill. The gold rope came from a yard sale.
Thanks for stopping by!
Have a blessed Easter Week!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Triple Threat Challenge! Replay!

Hi Stamping Friends!
I can't believe it's Saturday already! I always tell myself that I'm going to blog more, but I never seem to get around to it as much as I would like. I think I'm going to try and save posts on the weekends and publish them throughout the week. Maybe I'll be more consistent that way.

Today's card is a combination of three challenges:
The first is Kristina Werner's Color Inspiration KWCI48

Next up is Beate's Weekend Sketch Challenge WSC75 hosted by the very talented Mary Jo Albright

And finally, a challenge from a Stampin' Up! only Yahoo Group that I just joined called the Late Night Stampers LNS13. Challenge #13 was to use a bird on your card. I chose to use the owl from the new Occasions Mini set called Forest Friends. Here's my card:
I think it turned out pretty cute! The DSP is Parisian Breeze Specialty and the ribbon is from the Ribbon Originals called Pig Tails. The sentiment is from Sock Monkey. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. I'm off to make some rainbow Peeps.
Happy Stamping!