Saturday, February 26, 2011

have a splendid day!

Spring is REALLY springing around here. . ..pollen is covering EVERYTHING, the grass is on it's way to GREEN, and the weather is getting quite warm all the sudden. (It IS still February, isn't it?)

This springy little card features Mayberry papers, and the oh-so-cute stamp set called Splendid Day. Here are a few of the sneaky little techniques I used:
-to create the grass, I inked the edge of my cardstock in green. Depending on how you brush the cardstock over the ink, you can get a lot of different effects. I just brushed it straight up and across - and came up with this grassy look. (Love that!!!)
-If you look at the stamp set, you'll see that the banner I used for my sentiment has a triangle and string on the end, where you can attach it to the airplane stamp. But if you trim carefully, you can trim that end right off, and use it on it's own, without the plane. (Love that!)

I hope it's starting to feel like spring (and not winter, OR summer) where you are! Enjoy it while it lasts!!!! See you next week! :)

Thursday, February 17, 2011

One card, three ways

One stamp set. One card layout.
And a variety of paper bits, and embellishments.

I used the Card Chatter - Birthday stamps for all three of these cards. And the same layout. Pennant flags are so trendy right now! CTMH has an adorable pennant alphabet stamp set, and the Party Pennants set (also completely adorable!) But just in case you don't have those sets (yet) here's a way to tide you over. I created these pennants by cutting a rectangle of patterned paper, 1x2.5 inches. Lay the rectangle on your paper trimmer, lining up the opposite corners on the cutting line. (To cut two obtuse triangles.) Then, lay the two pieces back together, and cut from the opposite side, corner to corner. You'll have FOUR pieces - two of them will be the pennant shape. Cut a couple in different papers, and you can mix them up a bit! Or just use the front and back side of the paper, for some variation. (I hope that made sense, I seem to have a 17 month old screaming at my feet.)

Using Fanfare paper, and jewels. I inked the pennant's edges in coordinating ink.
Using Sophia paper, and pearls.
Love how this card can be totally girly, kid-friendly, or masculine. Just change up the embellies and papers. And you can play around with the measurements of your pennants to adjust them for a 12x12 layout, or a smaller card. Have fun!!!!!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

it's your birthday. . .celebrate!

I have more NEW goodies to share with you today! This card features the new Fanfare paper. Perfect for birthdays, 4th of July, and summertime (among many other occasions, I'm sure!) I hand cut some of the stars from the paper to use as embellishments around my sentiment. Remember the rule of THREE when you create. The three stars, placed in a loose triangle shape cause your eye to continue roaming around the card. It's a good trick to turn to, if you feel like there's no focus to your project. Three elements - even if they aren't the same, to move your eye around the card, layout, painting - WHATEVER you're working on. Trust me, it will work! :)

I purposefully tried to keep this card FLAT, so it would be easier to mail, but I really want to go back and add some buttons or brads to the star's centers! I inked the edges of all my papers, in their matching color of ink, just to accentuate their edges. I think this really makes elements on a card POP! (And I love POP!)

The stamps are from the set, Card Chatter - Birthdays. If you create a lot of birthday cards, this might be a stamp set you NEED!!!! It has a great array of sentiments, just perfect for card-making.

Have a terrific weekend! I'll be back next week. . .with SOMETHING (hopefully something fabulous!) to share with you!!! XOXO

Monday, February 7, 2011

Hilton Garden Inn February CROP

We had a wonderful weekend at the Hilton Garden Inn cropping away.  New friends, new projects, new techniques, and new ideas!!!!

Want to join us the next time?  Save the first weekend in April!  We'll be back to the Hilton Garden Inn the first weekend in April!  Watch for the specific details (We may begin on Friday afternoon), and make sure you contact Kim ( to join her mailing list.  Space will be limited!

A great big thank you to Kim of Scraptique, Inc. for ogranzing our incredible weekend!

Making New Friends

Making lots of scrapbook pages, cards, and projects

Learning to stamp

Discovering new techniques and products

Sharing the moment

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Paper Lanterns!

Paper Lantern. My new favorite stamp set. (I say that all the time, don't I?!) But seriously, I have been using this set non-stop since I got it! The two sentiments are fabulous, and the paper lanterns are versatile, easy to stamp, and fun to play with.

You may have already seen this card, if you saw the sneak peek of it on my blog a few days ago. It was also on the Card Positioning Systems blog last week. It's clean and simple, and I love the way it turned out. Just the way I had envisioned it in my head. (That doesn't always happen, so it's always a pleasant treat when it does!)

I used Tulip, Sunny Yellow, and Lagoon for this card. Love these bright cheery colors together!!! Have a terrific weekend! I'll see you next week!