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9 posts from February 2010

February 26, 2010

have a bee-utiful day ...

Today was a busy day.  Laundry, packing, work.  And right smack dab in the middle of it I was putting away some 6x6 pads of paper, flipped through one to pet it some more, and this strawberry stuff grabbed me and wouldn't let go.  *laugh*  So in between those loads of laundry (and everything else) I was running down to my studio to make somethin' with it!  (I feel like I should make some kinda' "busy bee" joke here, but, I got nothin'!)  *chuckle*


A closer look at the bee - punched out, layered, glittered, and popped up.  (Punched one in brown and one in white, cut the wings off the white one and layered onto the brown one.  Markered on a bit of pale blue to the wings before using a glue pen to add the sparkle.  Easy peasy.)


So I'd made somethin' ... but I still had a little piece leftover.  Real quick like, I made another.  The more I looked at it, the less I liked it.  Eventually  I dismantled what I could and reworked it into this one.

Gotta' love that tiny bee!  Who's wings, yes, are glittery too.  *wink*


stampstiny bee, bee-utiful day ma (a*muse)
paper: grass green petite gingham cardstock, yellow petite gingham cardstock, cranberry cardstock, papaya notecard, classic white cardstock (a*muse).  garden variety mini deck - strawberry paper (cosmo cricket).  bittersweet 6x6 paper pad - brown bee (basic grey).
ink: memento tuxedo black (tsukineko).
embellishment: swiss red stitched grosgrain ribbon (a*muse)
other: bee punch (martha stewart).  1 3/8" circle punch, scallop circle punch (stampin' up).  crop-o-dile (we r memory keepers).

new classes in new jersey ...

I'm heading back to New Jersey for more classes at the end of March!  Lots of fun things planned - like a whole class dedicated to cards with fun floral embellishments you'll learn to make (and will want to use again and again)! 

Check out the classes link for more details (and more classes - including two new Copic classes)!

Hope to see ya' there!

February 24, 2010

happy easter ...

A punch, my Slice, and a couple of stamps = one easy peasy Easter card.   

I think I got the most out of that 6x6 piece of polka-dot paper as anyone could have!  Cherries, strawberries, eggs!  There was nothing but slivers of scrap by the time I was done with it.  *lol*  And that grass punch from Martha ... grab one.  It's a goodie!  I think it's gonna' go into the punch "hall of fame" with the likes of "Drippy Goo" and "Icicles."  *wink*


stamps: peep, happy easter ma (a*muse).
paper: grass green petite gingham cardstock, classic white cardstock (a*muse).  just chillin' 6x6 pad (making memories).
ink: brilliance graphite black, memento cantaloupe (tsukineko)
embellishment: popsicle pink sheer ribbon (a*muse)
other: slice machine, spring design card (making memories).  grass border punch (martha stewart)

February 23, 2010

thanks ...

I'm stretching what my friend Deb likes to call my "color palette comfort zone" today for the Tuesday Trigger over on the Moxie Fab World Blog.  When she first said that to me a few weeks ago I didn't think too much about it - not really thinking that I had a "color comfort zone."  I mean, color is color and it's all good by me!  But I realized today that black and yellow isn't really a color combo I reach for often ... so maybe it's stretching my boundaries a little.  *lol* 

The first card looks a little more "scrappy" and less "stampy" to me for some reason and since I had cut into some of that pretty Onyx Damask already - gah, so tough to cut into the pretties - I went ahead with another design floating around in my noggin'.  Really simple.  And I gotta' say - I LOVE the look of that modern font with the Damask!  So elegant!



stamps: thanks large, thank you for everything (a*muse).
paper: kraft cardstock, onyx damask shimmer cardstock, buttercup notecard (a*muse).
embellishment: papaya grosgrain stitched ribbon, papaya sheer ribbon, black dot twinkle stickers (a*muse).
ink: memento tuxedo black (tsukineko).
other: corner rounding punch, butterfly die (sissix)

February 22, 2010

to a sweet friend ...


Have I mentioned lately how much I love my Slice?  No?  Well, I think it's time to make up for that then!  *laugh*

I was in the middle of workin' on other stuffs when these cute little cherries on the Spring Design Card caught my attention.  All thought to whatever else I was doin' just then flew out the window: must make cherries card! 

After the cherries were cut, I knew I wanted it to be a small card, so I cut the card base to 4.25" x 5.25" and scored it on the long side at 2.5".  Yeah, scoring it at 2.5" doesn't go evenly down the middle, but that odd score is to allow for the cute little pink polka dot scallop (with the scallop on - which adds roughly .25" - the front and back match up in size). 

Ahhh ... I love my Slice.


stamps: sweet friend ma (a*muse).
paper: classic white cardstock, palm notecard (a*muse), just chillin' 6x6 paper pad (making memories).
ink: brilliance graphite black (tsukineko)
other: slice machine, spring design card (making memories)

February 18, 2010

girly gingham & perky pom poms ...


A little red & yellow gingham number for the Tuesday Trigger Challenge on the Moxie Fab World blog. The zinnias are among my favorite A Muse stamps from last year.  And I've decided they don't see nearly enough ink.  Gotta' change that!  

I started this design knowing I wanted the flowers and leaves someplace on that die cut label.  I stamped the zinnias and cut 'em out.  Then played a bit, moving 'em around the die-cut until I liked where they were.  Picking the leaf stamp was next.  Once THAT was done and stamped and all, I tried out a few different sentiments by stamping 'em on the plastic sheet that came with my handy dandy stamp positioner.  (Even if you don't use one, it's a great way to "try out" stuff before committing it to paper!)

It feels pretty good to stamp for nothin' more than the joy of doin' it! 


stamps: open zinnia, solid zinniathank you for everything, leaf frond.  (a*muse)
paper: yellow petite gingham cardstock, classic white cardstock. (a*muse)
embellishment: black stitched grosgrain ribbon (a*muse)
ink: memento pear tart (tsukineko), lipstick red fluid chalk ink (colorbox)
other: top note die (sissix)

February 17, 2010

happy easter ...

Ok, it feels a little early for Easter cards.  I'm not sure why.  I'll make Halloween cards in July and maintain that's the PERFECT time to do it.  But even as much as I'm INTO it right now, which I am, by the way ... it still FEELS early.  Maybe it's the snow that's been in the yard since November, despite the sun shining nearly every single day?  *laugh*

Despite some creative issues this week (creative issues = no mojo), I think I'm finally getting back into the swing of things.  It's always better if I'm a wee bit crafty everday.  Are you guys that way?  Even if I only carve out a little time for it each day, ideas always flow better for me.  I guess it makes it easier to get back in the right mindset or something.

One of the things I've been playing around with this week are cards that aren't your standard, straight-forward sizes.  This one started life as a 6.5 x 6.5 piece of cardstock, then I scored it right down the center to be a 6.5 x 3ΒΌ card.  It's a fun size! 

And can you tell?  I used my fringe scissors!  Those things are freakin' brilliant!  I love them no matter how silly D thinks they are!  *laugh*


stamps: mb bunny flower, happy easter ma, clouds (a*muse)
paper: eucalyptus cardstock, grass kitchen cardstock, grass petite gingham cardstock, blue petite gingham cardstock, natural white cardstock. (a*muse)
embellishment: orange crush stitched grosgrain ribbon, orange dot twinkle sticker (a*muse), dazzling diamonds glitter (stampin' up).
ink: brilliance graphite black (sentiment), memento tuxedo black (bunny) (tsukineko)
copic markers: bg10, yr16
other: fringe scissors (martha stewart)

February 16, 2010

for somebunny special ...

Ever have one of those weeks where no matter how hard you try, ya' just can't seem to make any idea work?  Well, that's been me for the past week or so.  No matter what I tried, it just wasn't working!   So I nearly jumped for joy today when I finally got something to work out kinda' the way I'd hoped!  *laugh* 

Over on the A Muse blog the design team's been sharing some fabulous designs for spring and Easter.  If you haven't been over to check it already, you need to!  Some super cute stuff!  Lots of inspiration!  And that had me itching to play with the bunnies too! 



Sometime last fall I started trying to figure out how I could use crepe paper on my cards.  I'd seen some really pretty floral stuff and accents and was determined to give it a whirl.  I never quite figured that one out - at least not yet.  *wink*  But when January rolled around and I started seeing everything in pinks and reds, I added more colors.  And while the floral stuff is still eluding me for the moment, I have found some fun ways to add it into Easter designs.  I cut, folded, and lined this bit of pink with a piece of scor-tape to hold it together - and stuck it over the stamped outline of the basket!  An easy peasy, fun accent. 


February 02, 2010

hello friend ...


I played with my Slice today and, egads, it was fun!  Julie's been cranking out all these really cool designs with hers and patterned paper and I couldn't stand it anymore.  I wanted to play too!  *grin* 

I pulled out a few pads of 6x6 patterned paper and ... drum roll please ... USED SOME!  *faint*  You see, I hoard paper like a crazy fiend.  But I haveta' say, it's a little liberating to actually use it!  *lol*

The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's "Sultry" line.  Since I hoard, there's no tellin' how old it is, but the packaging is current, so I'm guessing around two years or so.  And that pretty chocolate-colored bee is from the Vintage Findings Slice card.  Egads, that's a fun one!   (Deb, you need it!  Trust me!  *laugh*)

One little detail that's getting lost in the photo is the apron lace punched border along the bottom.  You'll see it if you look closely.  It's a subtle addition, but I like the softness it adds. 



stamps ...
hero arts all occassion messages set
embellishments ...
a*muse pearl sheer ribbon
paper ...
basic grey sultry 6x6 pad
a*muse classic white cardstock
ink ...
tsukineko memento rich cocoa
tools ...
vintage findings design card

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