Sunday, September 30, 2012

Season's Greetings

 It's Christmas Cards week over at SP and Company!

I really liked the woodgrain effect I got from my last card that I had to make more using the Vintage October: Wooden it Be Nice set. I was hoping this panel would emulate a front door:

To make the wreath I used Poppy Field Summer. Yep, you read that right! I used the stamp shown below and only inked up the leafy portion in green as you can see below (never mind the stained flowers - there is not really ink on them).
I just repeatedly stamped that section in green while I slowly rotated my cardstock panel until I had a circle. I added some red glittter glue and ribbon and called it a wreath!

For the sentiment I used Ultimate Sentiments II and Mix n Match Sentiments Basics to create the banner.

I now have my first Christmas card of the year! I can almost smell the evergreen and hear the carols...

SP and Company Wooden It Be Nice, Poppy Field Summer, Ultimate Sentiments II, and Mix n Match Sentiments: Basics stamp sets
Tim Holtz Gathered Twigs and Pine Needles Distress inks
Versamark Watermark ink
StazOn ink in Jet Black
American Crafts ribbon
Distress Stickles in Barn Door
Zing embossing powder in Chestnut
SU Very Vanilla cardstock

Saturday, September 29, 2012


 I inked up some unused Unity again!

I created it from the Unity KOM sketch challenge using this sketch:

The background is stamped using April 2012 KOM and the sentiment and flower are from
the May 2012 KOM.
I just love those colors together.

April 2012 and May 2012 KOM stamp sets
Black Soot Distress Ink
Studio G brown ink
Pick Your Plum twine
Basic Grey What's Up 6x6 paper

Friday, September 28, 2012

Hello, hello & hello

I went very simple and clean today.
I used Unity's Quiet Essence (the flower and grid background) and May 2012 (sentiment banner) KOM stamp sets. This is for the Unity monthly challenge to use pennants and/or banners.

I'm also entering this into the 10-Minute Craft Dash challenge. We had to use these colors:
 My time was about 8 minutes, give or take a few seconds.
My colors are more vivid in person, it's just dark right now and the flash on the camera washed the colors out.
I'm also entering this into Young Crafters Unite Challenge #14 which is to use a technique you've recently learned or is your favorite.
This is my first project using alcohol markers. I tried it once before and well... it was messy! I finally tried again and it is not so scary after all! The flower is a lot more blended in person. The flash just makes the whole photo look kinda harsh. Sorry!
Thanks for stopping by!

Unity Quiet Essence and May 2012 KOM stamps
Y13, Y19, R43, R46 Copics
CG1, CG2 Spectrum Noirs
Studio G blue ink
Black Soot Distress Ink

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Thinking of you

It's time for my weekly SP and Company DT post and I have finally started making some fall-themed cards! I know most of you are probably working on Christmas and Valentine's cards! But I just can't go that far ahead!!
I love woodgrain papers but I run out so quickly. So what's a girl to do? Make her own of course!

I took the Wooden It Be Nice background set and heat-embossed it in dark brown onto white cardstock (which I always have). Then I sponged on a medium brown ink over the entire card to complete the look.
I added some wide pale blue ribbon and Twinery Twine in Mandarin. To attach the twine I poked 5 holes at the top of the card, threaded the twine on a needle, and ran it through and around.

I punched a few leaves from yet more of my scrap papers (the same ones as my last card!). Finally, I added a sentiment from Bold Sentiments I and popped the doily with foam.

Now I have a seasonally appropriate card to use for multiple occasions! Thanks for stopping by today! Remember - you still have a few more days to apply to be on the SP and Company Design team! See details here.
SP&Co stamps - Wooden It Be Nice and Bold Sentiments I
Zing embossingp owder in Chestnut
Versamark embossing ink
Distress Ink in Gathered Twigs
Offray ribbon
Twinery twine in Mandarin
Wilton doily
SU Early Espresso ink
Smooch Spritz in Vanilla Shimmer (on outer part of doily)

P.S. - You still have a few more days to apply to be on the SP and Company Design Team and work with great stamps! More info here : The call ends September 30th.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Delightful Friend

Today for my SP and Company DT post I made a card using one of my favorite sets - the Mix n Match Sentiments: Friends set. Actually, I love all the Mix n Match sets! It's so easy to create my own sentiment!

These butterflies were punched from papers from Echo Park So Happy Together and Paradise Beach 6x6 pads. I always keep scraps for things like this.

I stamped my sentiment and heat embossed the word Delightful for a little pop. Then, I added a few strips of washi and some twine.

This interesting color combo just came about from the scraps on my desk. I happened to have a black card base and these leftover papers. I thought they needed a little red to pop so in came the embossing powder and washi to pull it all together. And I kinda like it.
Thanks for stopping by today!


 Oh, and I wanted to let you know that SP and Company stamps is having a Design Team Call!
Check out the link and give it a try! You have until September 30th to enter. I'd love to work on the team with you! You should give it a try even if you think you don't have a chance. I thought there was no way I'd make it - but somehow I did! You have nothing to lose : )  And free stamps to gain =D

Monday, September 17, 2012

It's a boy!

 I finally scrapped this baby announcement that's been hanging out on my bulletin board for almost 2 1/2 years!  : /

Thanks to Heather at The Paper Girls Challenge blog for the kick. She challenged us to create a baby-themed project. This is also my entry for ScrapbookSteals MidWeek Mojo using their sketch:
This little boy is almost 2 1/2 years old and I swear he looked like this teeny tiny baby just a few weeks ago. Man, they grow so fast!

I created the bingo card and stars using Unity stamps - Life Bingo and We Treasure You. This was my first time using both stamps. I really need to ink up more stamps! I think they're starting to feel neglected : )

I just love these Amy Tan faux-stitched Thickers and had to use them for my title.
Thanks for stopping by today.
I hope you can join us over at The Paper Girls Challenge blog for a Baby-themed challenge. There is a sweet little goody bag of crafty supplies waiting to be given away!
And come hop along on Unity's Friends with Flair blog hop for your chance to win some free stamps!
SU Crumb Cake cardstock
Fancy Pants Little Sprout - blue paper, green bracket, green and blue buttons, brown strips)
Unity stamps - We Treasure You and Life Bingo
Amy Tan Thickers in Hello
Studio G washi - lime green and blue floral
MME Indie Chic washi - tan and blue dots
Target Up and Up washi - green dots
Pebbles New Arrival Dimensional Border Stickers
SU Basic Black ink
Studio G brown ink
Basic Grey brown button
GCD Chic Bebe - journalling spot

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Baby Congrats

I am going to need a lot of baby cards soon and thought I'd better start stocking up. Why is it that babies seem to come in waves?? So for my SP and Company DT post this week I've got a little new baby girl card.

I layered some patterned papers along with some embossed and inked strips. I created some epoxy buttons using my Epiphany Crafts flower button punch and the Circletastic Background stamp. I used Fashionista Alphabet on the hanging baby banner. That banner is punched usig the Epiphany Crafts banner punch! So much easier than hand-cutting like I used to. And the sentiment is from Ultimate Sentiments II (one of my all-time favorite sentiment sets!).

Then, I used Divine Twine in Blossom to "hang" the banner from.

When I started this card I wanted it to have an eclectic mix of patterns and colors. Do you think it works or is it just too busy?? I kinda like the busy-ness of it! Thanks for stopping by today.
SP Ultimate Sentiments II, Fashionista Alphabet, and Circletastic stamps
SU Whisper White cardstock
MME Dolled Up 6x6 papers
SU Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder
Lifestyle Crafts Floret embossing folder
Studio G ink
Divine Twine in Blossom
Pick Your Plum twine in gray
Epiphany Crafts Flower button punch and epoxies
Epiphany Crafts banner punch

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A pretty little treat box

This week over at SP and Company stamps it is Halloween projects week!
 I made a little Halloween treat box that is not necessarily "Halloween-ish".
Now, I love Halloween! Love, love, love it! And everything else fall-ish that occurs from the time school starts until Christmas.
But I know many people are not fans of the scary stuff so I made my treat box on the cute side. I made sure to keep the orange and black color though.
Here is my box that can hold 4 fun-size candy bars:
Top view:
To make this I started with a 6x6 piece of orange paper. I scored every 2 inches in each direction so that it looks like a tic tac toe board:
Then I flipped the paper over and scored the corners on the diagonal from the corner to the center square:
Then just fold your score lines like this:
I punched a hole in each corner and ran twine through and tied it all together.

But luckily before I tied it I realized I hadn't stamped yet (as you can tell in the photo)! I just opened it up and stamped one of the poppies from Poppy Field Summer onto the center of each square with black ink. THEN I tied it and filled with some fun-sized candy bars.

Another option to the box is to fold in the corners so you get a simple box. For this one I used ribbon as the handle instead of twine. You could fill this with candy corn or some other yummy thing.
So there you have one more way to use your SP and Company stamps and some 6x6 papers! Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, September 3, 2012

Paper Girls Challenge

The current challenge at The Paper Girls Challenge blog is to "Go Big!"
Erica challenged us to use a 5x7 or larger photo on our layout.
Here's my layout:
I used an 8x10 photo plus a few smaller ones. This was not the layout I had I mind when I started but I was scrapping while on vacation and only had a few supplies on hand. So it just morphed into this and I kinda like it so simple!
Please hop on over to The Paper Girls and play along with us for your chance to win a fun crafty prize!!