Wednesday, December 19, 2007

My Christmas Cards

In addition to the cards that I made during my Stamp a Stack last month, I made 2 additional sets of cards to send to my loved ones. I finally got them out in the mail today!

Stamps:Baby Jesus is Born
Inks: Stazon Black
Papers: Shimmery white, Rose Red, Old Olive, Bashful Blue
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons and Blender Pen

Stamps: Baby Jesus is Born
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa
Papers: Naturals Ivory, Purely Pomegranate, Creamy Caramel, Old Olive
Accessories: Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched ribbon, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Blender Pen, Rectangle Punch (hidden under main image to feed ribbon through).

Thursday, December 13, 2007

A punchy idea

I have to share this neat technique that I saw on my Mom's Christmas card which I received a couple of days ago. First of all, what a cute and fun card using that woven ribbon as photo corners and the silver star brad on top of the tree! As I looked closely at the card I realized that the red balls on the Christmas tree were not drawn on the tree. She punched holes in the tree to reveal the red cardstock underneath. Very creative idea! By doing this she ensured that all the ornaments are exactly the same size and are solid red (without green branches running through them)....a nice clean look. Great job Mom!

Thank you Kim!

Kim Fritz sent me this beautiful RAK for my birthday. It was such a nice surprise to receive it last week. I am so thankful to be a part of this community of stampers. Thank you Kim for brightening my day.

I aplogize to all of you for not posting in such a long time. We've had a busy and challenging couple of months here at home, in addition to the craziness that the holiday season brings. I'm hoping to have a few posts this month, including pictures of my Christmas cards (which are almost done!).

I'm excited that I'll be teaching a monthly technique class starting in January, and I look forward to sharing ideas corresponding to a variety of techniques in the new year.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Simple Holiday Cards

I'm so excited that last night I finished designing the holiday cards for my upcoming "Stamp-a-Stack". Since we will be making 4 of each of these cards, it was important to make sure that the cards were simple and quick. I discovered this after last year's Stamp-a-Stack when I incorporated too many fancy techniques.
I think this one is my favorite of the 4. I just love these colors. You can't really tell from the photo but I put dazzling diamonds on the swirls and star of the tree for some extra sparkle.
Stamps: Season of Joy
Papers: Wintergreen DS, Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, Very Vanilla
Inks: Always Artichoke, Certainly Celery
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds

This is another one using Season of Joy...I just love how I didn't
have to cut the rubber to assemble this set!

Stamps: Season of Joy
Papers: Cerise DS, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla
Inks: Real Red, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Red brad, Circle Punches

I'm not exactly sure why I picked the colors for this one, but they seem to work.

Stamps: Punch Pals
Papers: So Saffron, Whisper White, Real Red
Inks: Garden Green, Real Red, Summer Sun
Accessories: Wild Wasabi Double Stitched ribbon

And for this card I broke open my Simply Scrappin Kit "Winter Bright" to discover some lovely holiday paper!

Stamps: Punch Pals
Papers: Winter Bright Simply Scrappin, Bashful Blue, Real Red, Pretty in Pink, Whisper White
Inks: Bashful Blue, Basic Black
Accessories: Circle and Scallop Punches, Black Gingham ribbon

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Scrapbook Page & Card Combo

Here's a great idea for all you scrapbookers....try creating a card using leftover supplies from a scrapbook page that you've made. That's what I did with this page that I just created. I made a bunch of the embellishments for this page and had a few leftover, along with some extra ribbon and paper, so I decided to make a quick card with the extra supplies.

This pages uses a 12x12 sheet of Petal Patch double sided paper (retired from a mini catalog last year...summer mini I think). I don't usually use patterned paper for the background since I try to stretch my patterned paper as far as possible, so this was a treat. I used white and Almost Amethyst to frame in the photos. The blueberry embelishments use the hostess set "Oh, So Lovely" stamped in Basic Gray and colored in with Lovely Lilac. Almost Amethyst, Certainly Celery, and Old Olive markers. I used my circle and scallop punches to frame the blueberries in Almost Amethyst and Lovely Lilac. The flowered Rik-Rak adds a little extra (not sure who manufactures this). I added a title with my Best Friends Alphabet Lower in Lovely Lilac.
The card uses all the same ingredients along with a greeting from "Short & Sweet." I haven't made a card in a while, I've been trying to focus on getting some scrapbooking done. It's been torture because I just bought a bunch of Christmas Stamps that I haven't been able to play with yet!!! Once I get a few more pages done, I hope to have some holiday cards to share.

Mia's Birthday Layout

Sorry I've been so quiet. I've been battling bronchitis and pneumonia for the past week and a half, so unfortunately I haven't made the time to do much papercrafting. This morning I was able to make a few scrapbook pages, I'm excited to share!

This is actually a layout that I created for one of my classes a while ago and I finally got around to putting pictures in. It's a layout about Princess Mia on her 3rd birthday. Here's the second page of the layout.
Stamps: Doodle This, Doodle That, Best Friends Alphabet
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Almost Amethyst, Always Artichoke, Mellow Moss
Inks: Elegant Eggplant, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Watercolor Wonder Crayons (Elegant Eggplant, So Saffron), Moss Gingham Ribbon

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Simple Summer Page

Here's a quick page that I threw together over the weekend....can't seem to get away from turquoise! This page uses the "Bugs and Kisses" set to create the dragonfly background with Tempting Turquoise Ink. I used my Slit punch to create the scalloped edge on the title block and added some green eyelets to the scallops.

Stamps: Bugs and Kisses, Wild About You (alligator)
Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Glorious Green, Yoyo Yellow, Real Red
Inks: Tempting Turquoise, Glorious Green
Accessories: Slit Punch, Green eyelets

Monday, October 8, 2007

Back to Scrapbooking

Thanks to this past weekend's All Day Crop, I got a bunch of pages done! It's been a while since I've scrapbooked, so it felt good reminisce as I assembled the pages. Here's one layout that I created for some photos of a family day at a local amusement park.
Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley, Polka Dots & Petals, Big Deal Alphabet
Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, Soft Sky, Flowers for You DS Paper
Inks: Craft Certainly Celery, Craft White, Garden Green (journaling), Tempting Turquoise
Accessories: Circle Punch (center of flowers), Oval Punch (petals of flowers), Daisy Punch (retired), Turquoise Brads, Celery Grosgrain ribbon, Wild Wasabi Double Stitched ribbon.

My latest cards

Sorry I've been so quiet lately. My life's been a little crazy since the kids started preschool and I started assistant coaching my local Varsity Volleyball team. I love being busy, but sometimes its hard to squeeze in time to be on the computer. Here are a few cards that I've created over the last week or so.

Stamps: Wonderful Words, Polka Dots and Petals

Papers: Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, White, Cool Carribean, Flowers for You DS paper

Ink: Tempting Turquoise

Accessories: Scallop Punch, Circle Punches, Photo Corner Punch, Horizontal Slot Punch, White Taffeta Ribbon, Clear Rhinestone Brad (Pretties Kit), Silver brads

Stamps: Happy Everything, All in a Row

Papers: Soft Sky, White, papers from the Creative License Kit

Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Not Quite Navy

Accessories: Notebook Punch, Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon, Staples

Stamps: Loads of Love, Loads of Love Accessories

Papers: Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, White, Blue Bayou, Old Olive, Flowers for You DS, Celery Prints DS

Inks: Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy, Chocolate Chip, Old Olive

Accessories: Circle Punches, Large Oval Punch, Silver Brads, Retired Ribbon Originals Navy Single Stitched, blender pen

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

First Holiday Card

Oh well, I left my camera at a friends house so I couldn't get this picture uploaded in time to enter Beate's weekend challenge. No big deal, I had fun with the challenge anyway! It gave me a chance to make my first Holiday Card of the Season. I'm starting to get in the mood to buy some more Christmas stamps!

The base of this card is Soft Sky and the patterned papers are from the Wintergreen collection of Designer Series papers. I love the colors in this set of papers. I used "The Snowflake Spot" stamp sets for the stamped images in Always Artichoke ink. The snowflake is embellished with some Dazzling Diamonds glitter that I applied with my 2-way glue pen and a rhinestone brad from my Pretties kit. For the ribbon embellishment, I used White Taffeta ribbon and threaded it through a clear bead from the Pretties kit and tied knots on both sides of the bead. The "Joy" embellishment was created using circle punches and my large oval punch, along with some silver brads.

Stamps: The Snowflake Spot

Papers: Soft Sky, White, Certainly Celery, Buckaroo Blue, Always Artichoke, Wintergreen DS

Inks: Always Artichoke

Accessories: Bead and Rhinestone Brad (Pretties kit), silver brads, Dazzling Diamonds, Taffeta Ribbon, Circle & Oval punches

Monday, September 17, 2007

True Friend Thank You

I am so pleased with how this one turned out! This is my submission for Beate's Fresh and Fun Weekend Challenge. I just loved this sketch, and I hope to use it some more this week with some different themes. Once again I used my newest stamp set "True Friend" along with the very versatile Apple Cider paper.

The card base for this one is River Rock, sponged with Chocolate Chip around the edges. The background is Apple Cider paper with the corners punched with the ticket corner punch and the edges sponged with Chocolate Chip as well. The flower was stamped once on Very Vanilla with Chocolate Chip Ink. Then on a scrap piece I used my markers to color the blossom with Really Rust and Perfect Plum, and then I stamped it, cut it out, put it on some Chocolate Chip card stock and then trimed the chocolate chip really close to the blossom. I glued the blossom on top of the already stamped complete flower and glued an off-white button on top.

I used "All in a Row to apply some Faux Stitching to the edges of the Flower piece before layering it with a slightly larger Chocolate Chip rectangle. I then put this on a larger Really Rust rectangle that had 3 corners rounded and the edges sponged with Chocolate Chip. I attached all of that onto the card and then put a thin strip of sponged Perfect Plum over the bottom portion. I used my little slot punch to create a hole in the seam of the card so that I could wrap some river rock ribbon around the card front over top of the plum strip. Finally I added my greeting which was stamped with Chocolate Chip on a sponged Very Vanilla circle layered with another Perfect Plum Circle and a Chocolate Chip Scallop Punch-out.

Sketch & Inspiration Challenge

This weekend I tried really hard to stay
off the computer and spend more time stamping. I actually got to stamp for a few hours on Saturday since it was a rainy day. I had printed out a few challenges from earlier in the week to keep me focused. This was last week's sketch challenge (SC141) and the picture of the girl dress below was the Inspiration Challenge from a week ago (IC92). The pale pinks, blues and browns were colors that I haven't used in a while together so it was a fun challenge. I also hadn't used my only "vintage" set, "Carte Postale," in a while so it was nice to dig that out too. Here's what I came up with:

Stamps: Carte Postale
Papers: Very Vanilla, Bashful Blue, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss, Apple Cider DS Paper
Inks: Bashful Blue, Rose Romance, Close to Cocoa, Pretty in Pink, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Brass Hodge Podge, Flirty Ribbon (from last year's Winter Mini?), Corner Rounder Punch (for the scalloped edge)

More Taken with Pomegranate Artichokes

I had some scraps left over from when I made last week's color challenge (CC131), so I made a quick generic card with the leftovers. The butterflies are stamped on Naturals White in Rose Red, Tempting Turquoise and Always Artichoke. I used my small tag punch on those and then layered them with some Chocolate Chip tags that I cut with my larger tag punch. The teal cardstock was run through the Cuttlebug machine with a swirly embossing folder. I wrapped some Pomegranate Double stitched ribbon around the teal background and then attached the tags with adhesive and some brown brads. The edge of the Pomegranate card base was punched with my paper piercer for some faux stitching using my White gel pen.

Friday, September 14, 2007

September Calendar Page

Last week I made this page for my monthly calendar displaying pictures of my youngest daughter eating corn on the cob at a recent picnic. She was so proud of herself! These calendar pages are usually pretty quick and simple because I'm usually late in making them. I used bashful blue for the background an stamped flowers from "True Friend" in Bashful Blue ink all over it. I sponged Chocolate Chip ink all over the edges of the cardstock and stamped the paper edges with "All in a Row" for a faux stitched look (again!). The pictures are framed in Barely Banana and Wild Wasabi that have also been sponged with Chocolate Chip. The accent flower on the right is another flower from "True Friend". I inked the stamp with Barely Banana and then sponged Regal Rose on the outer edges of the rubber before stamping on White cardstock. I sponged the edges of the white cardstock with Chocolate Chip as well, before layering it with Chocolate Chip and sponged Wild Wasabi. I stamped the title with my "Best Friends Alphabet Upper" in Chocolate Chip and added a little Wasabi double stitched ribbon for embellishment.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Tough Color Challenge

I love the color challenges because they force me to go outside my confort zone. Otherwise I usually end up using the same colors over and over again. This week's was a doozy for me (CC131), I think because all the colors were so dark. So I struggled with this one for longer than I'd like to admit, and eventually decided to just do something simple. I'm still loving the faux stitching using "All in a Row" so I added that to liven it up a bit. It's been a while since I've used my Cuttlebug too, so I was excited to add some dimension to an otherwise plain card.

Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Polka Dots & Paisley, All in a Row
Paper: Taken with Teal, Purely Pomegranate, Natural White, Always Artichoke
Inks: Taken with Teal, Purely Pomegranate, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon, Dimensionals, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder

Click here to see the Splicoast Gallery for this challenge

Monday, September 10, 2007

Challenge Times Two

Here's my attempt at Beate's Fresh and Fun Weekend Sketch Challenge. I feel like this submission is very similar to one of her samples...I didn't deviate as much as I would have liked. I chose this color scheme from the Splitcoast Color Challenge CC129: Pretty Pink Pomegranates. The challenge was to use Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, and Purely Pomegranate.

Here's the recipe:

Stamps: True Friend
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Versamark
Papers: Purely Pomegranate, Rose Red Prints DS paper, Old Olive, Pretty in Pink, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Pomegranate Double Stitched ribbon, Pink brads, circle punch, scallop punch, ticket corner punch
Note: I added some Versamark flowers on the patterned paper to just add a little extra (it's hard to see in the photo)

RAK from Beate

Beate Johns (one of my idols) sent me a sweet RAK a couple of days ago. I just love her work. This is actually an example for her weekend sketch challenge that's due this week. I hope to get a chance to enter!

You can find more details about this card on Beate's amazing blog: Fresh & Fun.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

First Fall Card

I know it's not officially fall yet, but I'm starting to feel like using fall colors again. This is my first fall card of the season. Last week I got a new order from Stampin' Up! with some treats from the new Holiday Mini Collection. I treated myself to "True Friend" which is very different than an of the other stamp sets that I have and I got the Apple Cider Designer Series paper to coordinate. The cool thing is that all the Mini Catalog stamp sets are die cut which made assembling SO much faster! I'm hoping that this will eventually become standard for all of Stampin' Up!'s sets.

This card is inspired by Beate Johns' style of using the "All in a Row" set to add a stitched look to the edges of elements. This was a little tricky at first to get it lined up right on the edge, so it should get easier with more practice.

The card base is Natural Ivory. For the background I used Pumpkin Pie cardstock and stamped some "True Friend" flowers in Pumpkin Pie ink all over it. I sponged some chocolate chip ink along the outer edges of the background and then used "All in a Row" to stamp chocolate chip "stitching" along the edges.

I created the focal point by inking the flower (also from "True Friend") with Pumpkin Pie ink and then sponging some Chocolate Chip ink on the outer edges of the rubber before stamping it on Natural Ivory cardstock. I added some more stitching on the edges of this piece and then layered it on some Wild Wasabi cardstock with some sponged Chocolate Chip ink on the edges.

I layered this focal image on top of a piece of Apple Cider paper that I also had inked along the edges with Chocolate Chip. I tied a piece of River Rock double stitched ribbon around the patterned paper to give some dimensionality. Since this ribbon is so thick I found it best to adhere the patterened paper and the focal point to the card using dimensionals, which added even more dimensionality.

I added a simple greeting using my Rough Edges Mini Alphabet and Chocolate Chip ink. I'm finding that the small alphabets are perfect for creating your own greeting when you don't have a stamp that says what you want, or with a font that is appropriate for the card style.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Tutorial: Fabric Softener Technique

Between Splitcoast Stampers and subscribers to this blog, I was asked a lot of questions about the technique that I used in my last post. Since I was unaware of a tutorial in existence, I figured I'd make another card and take some photos along the way for my first "tutorial" on my blog. It's a pretty simple technique, but I figured a few pictures would help in the description.

Supplies you'll need:

A used Fabric Softener Sheet


A stamped image


Step 1: Trim the Fabric Softener sheet to be slightly larger than your stamped image (about a 1/4 inch on each side).

Step 2: Place image upside down on fabric softener and apply adhesive to the edges of the paper.

Step 3: Fold the fabric softener over the edges of the paper onto adhesive. Trim excess off corners so that they aren't too bulky.

Step 4: Apply lots of adhesive to the frame for your stamped image. Stay away from edges that will be visible. It's easier in this case to apply the adhesive to the frame than to apply the adhesive to the back side of the stamped image since the adhesive is hard to roll onto the fabric softener sheet.

Step 5: Attach stamped image to frame.

Then all you have to do is add your stamped image to your card. The fabric softener adds a soft, textured look to your project.

Here's a close-up of the focal point of the card, which makes it a little bit easier to see the fabric softener sheet texture. I hope this tutorial helps clarify how I made the projects in my last posting. Below you'll find some more details about this card.

Card Recipe:

Stamps: Looks Like Spring, Aida Cloth background, Short & Sweet (thank you)

Paper: White, Ruby Red, Groovy Guava, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom

Inks: Blush Blossom, Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip

Accessories: Flower and half pearl from Pretties kit, fabric softener sheet, Narrow white organdy ribbon, copper cord, corner rounder

Notes: The brown flower was created by sponging a white flower with chocolate chip ink. The stamped flower was created by inking the rubber in blush blossom and then applying Ruby Red ink to the outer portions of the petals (on the rubber) using a sponge before stamping on paper.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Fabric Softener Technique?

I created these 3 cards using the sketch from Beate's Fresh & Fun Weekend Challenge. I've been wanting to try this fabric softener technique on a card for a really long time since I saw it done on a Regional Conference swap. The technique is pretty simple, just cover your image with your used fabric softener sheet and attach the edges on the back side. You're left with a fuzzy focal image that both looks and feels soft!

For this first card I was determined to use the new "In Color" Groovy Guava, because I haven't used it yet. I was happy to discover this color combination using Blush Blossom, Ruby Red, and Chocolate Chip. I think they go nicely together. For some reason this Guava color is more challenging for me to find colors to coordinate. I guess I just need to play more. Anyway, other than the fabric softener technique this card is fairly straight forward.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Short & Sweet, Year After Year, Paisely Backround, Aida Cloth Background
Paper:Groovy Guava, Blush Blossom, Chocolate Chip, White, Ruby Red
Inks: Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, and Blush Blossom Craft
Accessories: Copper Cord, Copper Brads, Photo Corner Punch, Pretties flower (inked with Blush Blossom ink), dimensionals, Fabric Softener Sheet

The second card uses this same Fabric Softener technique, but with some different colors, papers, and stamps. Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Close as a Memory, Short & Sweet, Fine Lace Background
Papers: Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue Textured, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Certainly Celery Prints DS, White

Inks: Brocade Blue, Old Olive

Accessories: Stitched Olive Ribbon (May Arts), Bronze brads, Fabric Softener Sheet

And this last card I made because I haven't used my Cuttle bug in a while. Same layout, but no fabric softener. The giraffe white piece has a purple edge that I created with "Direct to Paper" using my lilac ink pad.
Stamps: Wild about You, Canvas Background
Papers: Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, Flowers for You DS Paper, White
Inks: So Saffron, Lovely Lilac
Accessories: Lavendar Polka dotted ribbon (May Arts), Cuttlebug die, Saffron brad, Word Window Punch
Love this layout, I got a lot of use out of it! ThanksBeate!

Friday, August 17, 2007

Check out this Amazing deal!

A few days ago Stampin' Up! announced an exciting new promotion, and I just now realized that some of my blog readers might not be demonstrators yet! If this is the case, please take note of this fantastic opportunity.

If you've ever considered becoming a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, NOW is the perfect time to do it! From now until September 30, you will receive a FREE color family of Classic Ink Pads (12 ink pads, a $57.95 value) with your Starter Kit purchase! Stampin' Up! offered this two years ago and I had several new demonstrators take advantage of this opportunity to get a jump start on having all the ink pad colors. Most demonstrators join as "Hobby Demonstrators" meaning that they want a discount on products and all the perks that come along with being in the Stampin' Up! family. Some eventually try to make Stampin' Up! a money-making business, others continue to support their hobby at a discount and build their collection of stamps without doing any of the "business" stuff. You decide what is right for you! Here's some more details:

  • YOU customize your Starter Kit .... YOU choose the stamp sets, YOU choose the ink pads, YOU choose the cardstock!

  • The Starter Kit has $355 worth of products for ONLY $199! (Then add on the 12 ink pads for free)

  • You don't have to pay for shipping your Starter Kit (an extra savings of over $20)

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  • If you place an order of over $150 for yourself, you get to keep the hostess benefits!

  • IF you don't meet the quarterly requirement, it's not a big deal. Eventually you just won't be a demonstrator anymore and there's no penalty whatsoever.

If you don't already have a demonstrator and you'd like to take advantage of this fantastic offer, contact me today!

My Scrapbooking Approach

There are lots of different approaches to scrapbooking, I probably scrapbook more than a lot of people and I often worry that beginning scrapbookers might get overwhelmed if they think that they should be scrapbooking as much as I do. Anyway, I think it's interesting to see what people choose to scrapbook, what projects they make, for whom, and why.

My approach has evolved over the years. When I first started, I began a series of albums that I call "Family Albums." This is where I put all my favorite pictures from our lives, and I usually order things chronologically. I call these the "family albums", because they belong to all of us, and I consider these albums to be picture books about our life as a family.

After my son was born, I decided to make an album for him, about him...something that I will likely give to him when he graduates college, or gets married or something like that (when I can trust him to take care of it!). I wanted this album to remain a "single" album, so I knew that I would have to really try hard to narrow down the photos. So I decided to make several layouts of my son's first year, but then after that be super concise and have one 2-page layout for each year of his life. So far this has worked for me, though it is hard to choose which pictures to include in this very constrained layout. And as each of my other 2 girls were born, I've done the same for them, and someday I will give them each their keepsake album.

So most of the time I am making layouts for my Family Albums, but once a year I'll pick up each of the kids' albums and assemble one layout. This is the latest spread that I made for Avery's Album, for the year 2006. On the lower left of the first page, I put a little picture of each of his classmates and teachers (I covered them up for this since I don't really have permission to be putting their photos on the web). I get even more sentimental when I work on these albums because I can see how much has changed over the course of 1 year as I choose the pictures. And knowing that this is going to be a future gift fills me with joy as I assemble the pages.

Stamps: Big Deal Numbers
Papers: Creative License Simply Scrappin' Kit (hostess), Wild Wasabi
Inks: Brocade Blue Craft
Accessories: Stickers from Kit, Chipboard Heart, Wild Wasabi Double Stitched Ribbon

Summer Scrapbooking

I love scrapbooking Spring and Summer Photos. I guess I just love the brighter colors the flowery papers. I'm actually more caught up on my scrapbooking than I've been in a long time. The fact that these pictures are even on pages is a testiment to that.
For this layout I compiled some photos from a couple of play dates that we've had at the local parks earlier this summer.

Here's the recipe:
Stamps: Short & Sweet (little flowers), Best Friends Alphabet, Unfrogettable (dragonfly)
Paper: Certainly Celery, Purely Pomegranate, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Cutie Pie DS Paper
Ink: Rose Red, Black, Certainly Celery, White Gel Pen
Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Scallop Punch, Purely Pomegranate Double Stitched Ribbon

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Double Doodle Challenges

I felt like doing some challenges tonight so I tried Splitcoast's Color Challenge for today (CC127, Blue Bayou, Sahara Sand, and Chocolate Chip), and I combined this with Beate's Fresh & Fun weekend challenge which is due tomorrow.
I love it when I can create a whole project using just one stamp set. This time I pulled out a set that I got at last year's Regional Conference, "Double Line Doodles." I haven't used this set much, but I just love the long paisley stamp. It's hard to tell but I adhered the scalloped "I just love you" piece with dimensionals to help it "pop out" a bit, and the circles around the bayou piece are doodled by hand with a chocolate chip marker. Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Double Line Doodles
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy
Papers: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Double Stitched Bayou Ribbon, Scallop Punch, 1.25 inch circle punch, brown brad

I felt like making just one more card tonight before calling it quits, so here's what I came up with:

I guess I was in the "doodling" mood tonight because I used another doodle style set and did more doodling by hand arond the bottom of the focal image. Here's the recipe:

Stamps: Doodle This, Short & Sweet
Inks: Chocolate Chip, Not Quite Navy
Papers: Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, Blue Bayou
Accessories: Double Stitched Bayou Ribbon, brown brad