Friday, January 29, 2010

It Is All In The Look!

I got to thinking about all the nestibillities I own and how cards I make get a totally different look just by using a different shape. So, I decided to come up with one card and change out the die shapes to show you what I mean. Before I do, I should tell you a little about the card itself. This layout was new to me. It kinda got created because I saw this bright ribbon I wanted to use and designed the colors of the card around it. The stamps are from a clear set by Hero Arts. I hope you don't get bored seeing the same card over and over ... just focus on the nestibiliites shapes behind the round central image. That is where the changes of the LOOK will be!

Look #1 Basic Classic Scallop

Look #2 Labels 3

Look #3 Labels 9 (Horizontal)

Look #4 Labels 9 (Vertical)

Look #5 Peony

Look #6 Dahlia
Look #7 Blossom

Look #8 Blossom (One Size Smaller)
That concludes my experiment of "it is all in the LOOK!" I hope it was helpful!
Do you realize that I have posted every day for the last week? Wow ... I am really proud of me. But, I don't want to get too overwhelmed with every day posts. So, at this time I will be taking the weekends off. So look for a new post on Monday! See ya then! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pretty in Purple!

Today is a big day because I am moving my mom from the nursing home she has been in for 3 years to a nursing home down here by where my hubby & I moved to last August. My mom has dementia and is 94. So, moving her could be bad or it might be o.k. But instead of her being 2 hours away, she will be 10 minutes. Yea! A couple of days ago, I decided that I should make a thank you card and leave it with the nurses and the aides of the nursing home she is moving from. Today's card is the result. I saw a similar layout on one of the blogs. With their layout, the card was supposed to open horizontally, which is what I intended when I first started working on it. But, somewhere along the way, I decided to turn it. And, I love the result. As you will see, I used two different cuttlebug folders, my labels 8, two sizes of circle nestibillities and a Martha Stewart border punch. The flowers are from a clear set from Hero Arts. This set is one of my favorites! The thank you sentiment is from Stampin Up. (which set, I have no idea because all the word stamps I put with all the other company word stamps). Before I even started the card, I had decided on the purple and yellow colors. I think it is odd, because even though I like purples, I tend to pick pinks instead. But, I am glad I went with these colors and I love how it came out! Enjoy!

Tiny clear rinestones are added to the centers of the flowers for accent. And two larger purple rinestones are in the top two corners.

Happy Stamping! Tina

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rainy Day Mimi!

In yesterday's post, I said to look for another card soon using DeNami's stamps with their Mimi images. Well, here it is! This particular Mimi stamp is pretty tall, making it difficult to fit all the elements into an A-2 size card. So, I decided to go a little bigger. I had in my mind to use the layout that I showed you in my January 10th post. (the card with the owl) But, I changed it up a little because I decided that on the circle behind the Mimi panel, I wanted to have room to stamp out some clouds. The cloud stamps are from a clear set from The Cats Pajamas. I stamped the clouds in a light blue from Marvy. And colored them in with white colored pencils. Actually, Mimi is also colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. This is my favorite coloring method, the way almost all my cards are colored. A friend suggested I add lacquer (Glossy Accents) to her boots, which I do like. She also thought I should add some rain puddles. Well, they are there, but I can't say I like them that much. But I decided I should just go with it because it seemed like too much trouble to redo the whole Mimi panel.

Before I share my card, I have to tell you how I happened to put Mimi with what I think is the perfect word greeting for her. As said before, I found Mimi at the DeNami booth at the convention. She was in my basket to buy but I decided to put her back and not get her. Because all I could think of is her as a get well card and frankly, I do not make many of them. Much later in the day, actually not too long before the convention was to close for the day, I was in the Endless Creations booth with a friend and I came across this wonderful stamp that says "When life give you clouds and rain, watch for the rainbows". I instantly thought of Mimi with the umbrella! I rushed over to get her from the DeNami booth! They are perfect together! The coolest part is that I am finally seeing how all my stamps can work together. I know you are probably thinking, duh ... but you have to realize with having the store, I tend to see stamps within their particular companies! It's a breakthrough! Woo Hoo!

Now on to my card ...Leave comments... please!!

This blogger girl is on a roll - 5 days in a row. I will have another post for you tommorrow - so see ya then! Happy Stamping! Tina

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Birthday with Mimi!

Today's card uses Denami Design's stamp called Mimi with birthday cake. Back at Thanksgiving, I made cards with Mimi in a fall scene and I just fell in love with her. So, when I was at their booth at the stamp convention I looked for other Mimi stamps. I bought this one with the birthday cake and another one that you'll see soon! I won't spoil the surprise now, but I will try to use it soon. Anyway, I knew the one with Mimi holding the birthday cake would definitely be one I could use often. I needed a birthday card for a friend so this was perfect! The fun part about this particualar stamp is that I paper pierced her pants and then use the same scrapbook paper piece for the card to match. Too cute! I have used this layout before and I do believe it is one of my favorites! As you know, with me, no card is complete without some kind of baubles. On this one I used some small flower shaped rinestones from Hero Arts! The small round sentiment "birthday wishes" is from Hero Art's clear birthday set. Enjoy ...

Do you realize that you have seen four days in a row of posts? Wow! I would love to keep it up. Check back tommorrow to see how I do!

Happy Stamping! Tina

Monday, January 25, 2010

Cupcake Sprinkles!

I have at least 3 sets of cupcake stamps that have all been "virgin" stamps until now! Can you believe it? I tried a new layout and decided it was time to stamp one of those cupcakes! I went with a clear stamp set from Hero Arts. I also used the sentiment from the same set. The strip of scrapbook paper with the brightly colored cupcakes on it is from a package of scrapbook paper I found in Target's bargain bin! The layout is cased off one of the blogs. I do love how it came out. I will definitely be doing this layout again in the future! Whatcha think ... do you like it?

That's my card for you for today. I have another one made to show you but you will have to come back tommorrow to see it!

Happy Stamping! Tina

Sunday, January 24, 2010

You Rock!

One of the grandson's is having a birthday this week and I needed a card for the occasion. I have all these really cute animal stamps that if I used any of them to make a card for any friend who is around my age, it would not look to "young" but just be cute. But the grandson is turning the big 13! And every cute animal stamp said to me "young"! Crazy! With a little help from a friend, I got on the right track. I needed something that he was interested in like sports, music, etc. At Christmas he brought to our house Guitar Hero and played it and played it. So, I decided to make a card using a guitar. My hubby was a drummer, so I am always collecting stickers that have drums on them. I got to thinking about the stickers and knew they would also have guitars on them. I picked out the coolest one I could find and attached it to cardstock and then cut around the image. This would be my main focal piece. For the card, I decided to play around with cards I had purchased at The Paper Cut booth at the convention. This set was called Bib Overlay Kit in the colors summer variety and white. In the package, is 5 colors of pre scored bib cards and 5 white overlays. I decided to go with the yellow card, but I didn't want the overlay to be white so I traced the overlay piece onto red cardstock and then ran it thru with the birthday cuttlebug folder. I also added a cardstock/scrapbook paper square behind the yellow card. and a scallop nestibillites circle behind the circle that pops out. At the show, their samples showed the whole card layed out vertically. But to be different I went with the horizontal look! The You Rock stamp is by Deadbeat Designs. Check it out ...
I put the inside sentiment low because I thought we could slip in cash right behind it! The red layer is taped on 3 sides to form a pocket.

Come back tommorrow to see another creation. Happy Stamping! Tina

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Tweet from Sun Up to Sun Down

I have made a few cards this week. I will share the first one with you today. At the Grapevine stamp convention a couple of weeks ago, I bought from Endless Creations the cutest little stamp that says ... " Hope your birthday is tweet from sun up to sun down!" The following Saturday, at the Mesquite stamp convention I purchased a bird set from Darcies. Yes, I probably had some bird stamps already that I didn't have to purchase a whole other set to go with this one "tweet" stamp... but ... well, you know how stampers are! The Darcie Set has a birdcage, birds, sayings, and more. Pretty darn cute! So that is what stamps made my card. The layout is cased from one of the blogs. I would say 90% of the time I try to make A-2 size cards, but I just didn't like this layout in such a small format. I went thru my box of envelopes and found one bigger and then made the card for that size envelope. After all, when you receive store bought cards they are usually bigger than an A-2 size. Oh, the scrapbook paper in the background is from the bargain bin at Target of all places! One just never knows where the great finds for cardmaking will come from! Enjoy ...

Happy Stamping! Tina

Friday, January 15, 2010

Mini Concentina Book!

At last weekend's stamp convention, I purchased a concertina booklet kit from The Paper Cut. The package included enough panels to make 2 booklets. They had a sample made up in their booth and it looked cute but complicated. But, when I got it home and opened up the package, I could see that they had made the project very easy because all the pieces were pre-cut and pre-scored. I decided it would be perfect used with my new stamp set I bought at the same convention from Stamp Camp. One sheet had 16 sentiments, perfect for my little book. And I had recently purchased some Valentine Paper by We Are Memories at the Crafty Scrapper so my book just came together. I love it! Of course, when I showed it to my hubby, he says "what is it for"? Well. my answer is for me to have fun making it and me to enjoy showing it to you! Here it is...

This is how it looks all folded up. My only regret is that I did not make the ribbon longer because by the time you wrap it around the book and then try to make a bow, there is not much ribbon left!
This is the view from above. You have 4 panels facing you and 3 panel facing the other way.
This is a close up photo of the front layout of the booklet when it is open.
This photo and the one below shows the up close of the individual panels.
Even though the book is upside down in this photo, it does show you how the layout of the book is done.

I know it is impossible to see the all the sentiments so I want to give you the list. Again, this is an unmounted stamp sheet from Stamp Camp called Things I Want to Do #S546.

Things To Do / Be Yourself All day Every day / Take the Road less traveled / Trust yourself / Act as if what you do makes a difference (it does) / Live out Loud / Choose Joy / Laugh often & much / Walk with confindence / Color outside the lines (once in a while) / Cherish what makes you Unique / Listen to truth / Dive into your Dreams / Live with intention / Do something Wild / Tell people you love them

Look for more creations from me very soon! Keep sending me comments! Happy Stamping! Tina

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Two New Cards Made & Sent!

We are doing pretty good here ... only 4 days since my last post and I already have a couple of new cards made and sent out. Someday, I hope to get ahead and have cards already made to pick from. The way it should work is that I make a card. I show it to you on my blog. I put it in a box. I need a card. I go to the box for choices. I send it out. That is still part of the 2010 resolution list. But, at least the part about blogging more I am doing better! Yea! I needed a birthday card for my stepson (turning 37). I used a new stamp that I just bought last weekend at the stamp convention. It was an unmounted stamp which I put the EZ Mount cushion with cling on it. Actually, you would be proud of me because everything that I bought that was unmounted, about 25 stamps, now have the EZ mount cushion! I think this stamp, the lion, came from the Sparkle and Sprinkle booth. I also got the sentiment there as well. I went by Hobby Lobby to find some kind of jungle themed paper to use for this card. I wasn't sure of the paper I selected because the leaves were quite large, but it ended up working out pretty darn nice! On the right side, on the green panel, I used a new embossing folder I purchased at the convention. This one is from Sizzix. It is called Vines. It was in a 2-pack with another folder called Floral Flouishes. I love embossing folders ... love the texture it gives paper! Here's my "wild" card ...

The second card was a baby boy card I made for Jen del Muro. Jen is very talented and famous in the stamping, blogging world. She taught Copic classes for me when I had the store. My main stamp image of a giraffe was from a clear set I have had for a while from Hero Arts. At the stamp convention, I purchased this package of shaker card pouches from The Paper Cut. I believe it is actually a product from Impression Obsession. Very easy to use. For my "shakers" I used the round confetti pieces from Hero Arts and a little chunky glitter. The Paper Cut were selling panels that fit directly over the pouch so the plastic does not show. But, I did not purchase them because I figured with all the nestibilities I own, I could make something work. Well, it's true I didn't have exactly the right combination. I used my dies to make a frame but it was a little large and still showed the plastic so I came up with the smaller combination of dies to make a smaller frame but had to glue it on top of the pouch. I think it works. Here is my card...

And here is a close-up of the shaker!

Those are my cards for today for you! But you know what? I actually made one more thing to share - a little concertina book! But you will have to wait until tommorrow or the next day to see it! So check back because it's too cute! Oh, one more thing, you might have noticed I got the comment feature on my blog fixed so let me hear your comments! I am thinking that will make me blog more! I do have to o.k. them first though. I figure that would be best to keep out any spam! Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Blogging More in 2010?

Happy New Year! My January resolution was to blog more, thus making me create more. Well, as you can see, it is already the 10th and I haven't given you any posts until now. Now that's not very good ... so does that mean that this year's resolutions are going to end up being like ever other year... ? Can I use the excuse that I was sick over Christmas and it made me just not in the mood to be creative? But, three days ago, I got my creative juices going again and created three new cards. Now of course, the cards were three that I needed to send or give for birthdays, but even so, at least I made something! I also createcd a birthday book for me. Because last Tuesday, I found I didn't know about a birthday of a very good friend. And so, I decided I needed a birthday book to help me keep track of the dates. This is something I know you can purchase at a store, but I thought, I can just make me one and so I did! I haven't got all the names in yet, but I am working on it! Before I get to showing the pics of the cards and book, I wanted to tell you that yesterday I attended my very first stamp convention as a "real" customer! I had so much fun! And, I saw so many perople that I hadn't seen since the closing of my store! It was just a really great day. I am also looking forward to the other one that will be this weekend!
Now back to the pics ...
The first card I made for my stepdaughter for her birthday. I didn't have any particular color scheme or stamps in mind for her so I used a new sizzix die that I ordered recently. It is the Build A Flower 2 die. I believe the paper combinations are from Stampin Up and I think I purchased it at an Imprints garage sale. I, of course, used lots of baubles to add interest!

The next one is for my stepgrandchild's birthday. Remember the book I made for Ethan? Well, this card is for him. So, I figured since he's 3, it would be o.k. to use some of the same paper that I used on his book. The layout was cased from a card I received for Halloween ... thanks Donna!

And for the friend that I didn't know it was her birthday, I had to use my favorite owl stamps with the perfect sentiment "whooo knew?" Now, I think you have seen this one set of stamps at least 2 to 3 times on my blog, so what's one more time, right? This layout was found on one of the blogs I visit, and was new to me but I love how it came out!

Now, it is time to share my birthday book with you. The front cover was decorated with a great stamp by Magenta, flowers, bauble, the frame and fancy tag dies from Spellbinders. The inside pages with the dates and lines were made on my computer in word. And then cut to the correct size and glued onto the cardstock pages. The month stamps are from Hero Arts. And of course, it was all put together with my Bind It All!

That is a good start for the year! Happy Stamping!

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