Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Stampin Royalty Challenge #13

It's always interesting to see where people get their inspiration. I was really stumped by this challenge as I don't have many SU Easter Stamps. I don't send out Easter cards myself, so I've never had much need to buy them. This 2 page layout was CASE'd from a layout in this months Creating Keepsakes magazine.
The first thing that caught my eye was the colour. Well SU doesn't sell cardstock in a pastel turquoise - kind of a sea foam green. So I pulled out my In Colours and layered vellum over Bermuda Bay and voila! Sea Foam green cardstock. You can see how uneven it looks in the corners of the 2 page layout above. The next challenge was to find pastel colours that worked with this and made the page look springlike and Easter-y. I went through my stash and came up with Orchid Opulence, Barely Banana, Apricot Appeal, Pretty In Pink, Certainly Celery, and Bashful Blue. Next I used the Ovals die for the Big Shot to make the eggs. The larger ovals were simple enough, but the smaller ovals (photos) needed a bit of playing around. I had to fiddle a bit to line up the pictures exactly right and after a bit of trial and error, these are the ones that worked.
Then I wanted to add a strip of striped DSP to the top of the photos. I didn't have any paper from SU that was apropriate so I decided to make my own. I cut lots of narrow strips of paper and then stuck them down on a piece of whisper white with sticky tape. Then I trimmed both sides to make a narrow stip. The above photo shows this detail a bit. I then used my scallop trim border punch to make trim out of whisper white cardstock. I attached the white to the bottom of the photos and the striped "paper" to the top. I finished off the photos with 2 ribbons. Certainly Celery for the top and Soft Suede for the bottom. Finally I made the title with MDS and printed it out on Whisper White cardstock.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Birthday Bling

This card was soooooooo easy to make. First you cover paper with glue - I used the two way glue pen. Then you add glitter - I used the fine supernova glitter. When it dries, run it through the Big Shot with the Big Beautiful Butterflies die. Then pop it up on dimensionals, stamp the sentiment in Basic Black, mount it on several cardstock pieces and attach it to a cardfront. The colours used are Pixie Pink, Whisper White, Basic Block, Elegant Eggplant.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Non-Stampin' Up???

Yeah, I know, this is a non-Stampin' Up! card. Occasionally I surprise myself by trying to go through my old stash. This card was made for a customer who was looking for a baby shower card. The idea is that there should be lots of room for various people to sign. I made an accordian card to accomodate more pages. For some reason this card looks unbalanced in the photo, but it actually looks fine in real life.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sympathy Card

Does this card look familiar? I originally made this card for a Mojo Monday sketch and recently I altered it. It had the subtle tones that made it work as a sympathy card. The paper is retired DSP and I made the sentiment with MDS and punched it out with my label punch.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Swaps on Saturday

I really liked this swap. This stamp set is very versatile. It's designed to be used with the Sweet Treat Cups. This card was made by Karine Bailey. The stamp set is Something Sweet and it's from the new occasions mini. The colours used are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, and Whisper White.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Animal Magic

This card was made with no stamps or ink. I used rub ons like a card I posted last week. The ribbon is from last years Sale-a-bration and the grey DSP is retired as well.
1. Paper - Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Grey, Bashful Blue.
2. Accessories - So Cool rub ons, 1/2" Certainly Celery ribbon, Bashful Blue button and Silver cord.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Stampin Royalty Challenge #12

Today is my 5th Anniversary. So I decided to make a scrapbook page to commemorate. This picture was taken a few weeks ago in Phoenix. I love how happy we look in this picture so I thought it was perfect for a page about love.

This week's challenge is Go Glitter Crazy!!! I used the extra large Chunky Sprinkles from Stampin' Up! The rub ons are from the Lovely Flower Bundle which is a level 3 hostess set. I chose black as my background colour because it helped the glitter really pop. The flowers and bird were punched out using the new punches from the Occasions mini. The birds' eyes are small eyelets from the Earth Elements pack. The middle of each flower were cut from the Sending Love DSP.

Don't forget to check out all the other samples from our Stampin' Royalty Goddesses.

The Fun Stuff:
1. Paper - Basic Black, Sending Love DSP,
2. Accessories - Lovely Flowers Bundle, Silver Brads, Filigree Brads, Earth Elements Brads

Monday, March 22, 2010

A Birthday Card for a Fabulous Friend

When I first saw this card by Carla Bazhenow I knew I had to case it. Fortunately she has a wonderful tutorial on her blog. A card that would take this much work was only worthy of a good friend. One of my dearest friends's having her 40th birthday party soon so I knew that this flower would be perfect for her. I added some sparkly DSP because my girlfriend loves everything sparkly. Anyway, I had a lot of fun making this and believe it or not, although it's time consuming, it's not very difficult to make.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Swaps on Saturday

I received this card from a swap a few months ago. You can't tell from the picture, but she's sprayed it with shimmer mist, so it's all sparkly. It was made by Trina St. Michael.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Birthday Robots

This card was whipped together with no stamping. The sentiment and image were rub ons. I pulled the colours from the rub ons to finish the card. The Grey DSP is retired from last years catalogue.
The Fun Stuff
1. Paper - Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Grey,
2. Accessories - silver brads, scallop border punch, 1/4" certainly celery, So Cool rub

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Super Easy Card

I whipped this card up in 15 minutes. Making cards using simply scrappin kits is soooooooo easy. I used the Sunny Day Simply Scrappin kit to make this card. The colours in this card are Tempting Turquoise, Old Olive, Pixie Pink, and Pumpkin Pie.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Stampin Royalty Challenge #11

Wow - did I have a lot of fun making this card. Now, I have to be honest, although I created this sketch, I don't actually remember the source of my inspiration. So when I went back to make a card, I was really stumped at first. But once I pulled out my Sunny Day Simply Scrappin' Kit, I found my inspiration. I flipped the sketch. I pulled out the oval label and deciced to use it as my starting point. I used my Extra Large Fancy Flower punch to create the scallops around it. I cut each punch out like in the photo below
Then I attached them to the bottom side of the oval as in the picture below.
Most of the flowers were stickers from the cut, some I cut out for more details, and some flowers were stamped from the Petal Pizzazz set and cut out. The bird and leaves were cut out using the Extra Large Two Step Bird punch from the Occasions Mini. I used dimensionals to layer the flowers and bird. Once I got started this was a really simple card to make.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

New Home

One of my dearest and oldest friends and her family just bought their first house. They've been squished into a 2 bedroom condo for the past decade. To celebrate, I made her this card to go with her new home gift. I whipped this card up in a few minutes using this year's Sale-a-bration paper - Welcome Neighbor DSP. The Sentiment is from last years SAB set 'Congrats'. I cut the house and two clouds out of one piece of paper and popped them up on dimensionals on another piece of DSP.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Girl's Birthday

This card is a throwback to my childhood. When I was a little girl, my favourite stuffie was an enormous pink elephant named 'Fluff'. I would have loved to get this card for my birthday. This card used the stamp sets ' Look Who's Turning' and 'Animals Stories'. The colours are Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo and Whisper White.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

A return to the rain...

Ahhh back to Vancouver. We've been down in Palm Springs this week and I've been without internet - I was terribly in withdrawl. But I've made a ton of digital scrapbook pages with my time. The page above was made with the Sunny Day designer kit for MDS (my digital scrapbook - from Stampin' Up!) These photos are of my daughter. She's 2 years old and thinks she can swim, but can't. You have to keep an eye on her or she'll happily drift into the deep end of the pool. We had a relaxing time in the sun, and have arrived back home to rain. But it's home and we're happy but tired, with a bit of a tan to give us that healthy glow.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Newlywed Card

This card was whipped up for a coworker who has a wedding shower to attend this week. This SU Sending Love DSP was a nice sparkly delicate touch. I had trouble finding coordinating colours until I found this grosgrain ribbon that I had stashed away. After that this card came together quickly.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Stampin Royalty Challenge #10

This week's challenge was to "Go Green". Basically use only green - well I fudged it a bit and added a bit of Brown and White. You can never have too much Chocolate Chip - right?
The Fun Stuff
1. Ink - Chocolate Chip
2. Paper - Chocolate Chip, Whisper White, Certainly Celery cardstock
3. DSP - Patterned Paper - Cottage Wall, Sweet Pea
4. Stamps - Vintage Vogue, Definine Your Life
5. 1/4" Old Olive grosgrain ribbon, silver brad, Heart punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, March 8, 2010

My Amazing Life

This page was created with MDS (My Digital Studio). I used paper and embellishments from the Happy Birthday Designer Kit. I used digital stamps from so many sets that I cannot remember the names. I layered them and played with the opacity to make things more interesting.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sunny Day!

I whipped this card up in 20 minutes. I used the Sunny Day Simply scrappin kit and case'd a card from my upline Angela. You can see her original here. I modified the fancy folded card she made, into a simple single-fold card.

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Sparkly Sympathy

I love how delicate this card looks. And I need to say that I just love layering the flowers from Petal Pizzaz. I've done that with several cards lately. I stamps the flowers and carefully cut them out with Craft Scissors.
The Fun Stuff
1. Ink - Rose Red, Always Artichoke, Pretty In Pink
2. Paper - Whisper White, Basic Grey, Sending Love DSP
3. Hodgepodge Hardware, Satin Organza Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad
4. Stamps - Petal Pizzazz, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Tiny Tags

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mojo Thank You

This card was made for this week's Mojo Monday challenge. It's made with all Stampin' Up! product.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Stampin Royalty Challenge #9

I had so much fun making this card. This week's challenge is a PICTURE PERFECT INSPIRATION. Basically, the challenge is to use the photo below to inspire your project. I was initially inspired by the row of pots. I decided that the My Matryoshka set brought out this concept nicely. I drew my colours from the pots and tried to show them in the order of the plant pots. The background was stamped with the small flower image and was meant to evoke the image on the wall in this photo below

The Fun Stuff:
1. Stamps: My Matryoshka, Season of Friendship
2. Ink: Old Olive, So Saffron, Really Rust, Brocade Blue, Real Red, Basic Black
3. Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, So Saffron, Really Rust, Brocade Blue,
4. Accessories - Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Trim Border Punch, So Saffron 1/2" grosgrain (ret)

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I must be getting old...

So I finally have time to breathe. My life has been consumed by trying to take in all that the Olympics brought to Vancouver. Plus, my report cards were due last week, and we're off on a trip next week. Oh yeah, and have I said that I have two toddlers at home and I work full time? - phew- my life is nothing but exciting.

So anyway, the whole point of this was that I sat down last night to make the above card following this week's Color Throwdown challenge. But I was too tired to finish the details and photograph it last night, so I decied to do it today, and I missed the challenge closing time. - arghhh. I need to read the fine print sometimes eh?

This card was cased from one done by the fabulous Mary Fish. The petals were made with the large oval punch from SU and I used the smallest flower from the Boho Blossoms punch to make the middle. The stampset used is tiny tags, and the tag is a sizzlit from SU

Monday, March 1, 2010

Blog Candy Winner!!!

Thanks for all your kind comments this month and thanks for entering the draw for blog candy. I had the most entrants yet. This month our winner is Tany Sol!! I entered the number of entrants into, and the winner was the comment number who came up. So Congrats Tany, and please email me at to claim your prize. Keep checking back as I have plans for blog candy on a monthly basis.