Sunday, March 28, 2010

Giddyupabella Card Set!

I am a day late in posting my last project. I thought I could get it all done on Friday and be ready to post this morning. Well, it took me all day Friday to finish the cards and I still had to finish my box. I left my craft room on Friday after 11 p.m. and I was back at it today by 8 a.m. I should have known it would take me longer than I had anticipated. After all, I made 6 greeting cards, a handmade box to store them in, and stamped inside sentiments to interchange. More about that in a minute. I first want to give you some background on what prompted me to do this project. My goddaughter, who is the daughter of a friend I have known from 7th grade, likes and rides horses. Over a year ago, I ordered (I still had the store then) Giddyupabella from Stamping Bella with the intention of making up a kit for Alex, the goddaughter. Time went by, birthdays and holidays, and still I never got around to making this kit for her. A few weeks ago, when I was in The Crafty Scapper, a local scrapbook store, I came across two different sheets of western paper that I knew would go perfect with my little horsey and bella! And, then a few days ago, I decided with Alex's birthday approaching (again), I was going to finally stamp the image and combine it with the paper I bought and I decided instead of a kit for her to make cards, that I would instead make a card set for her to give to others. I absolutely love how it came out! I have lots of pics for you and instructions too! I guess I should start with the overview of the contents, then I'll show you the box, and then the cards individually too!

Next, I have some pics of the box. The first photo is the closeup of the front of the box.
The next two shows the size of the box.

And, this one shows the cards inside with lid is open.

The idea came from a class I taught at my store where I made an open bag and matching cards for the inside. Here is a pic of it ...
If that doesn't jog your memory or if you were never at my store, then see below for instructions. The main difference in this bag and the box I made is that I took this bag one step further and added a lid to transform my bag to a box. This bag was also wider by 2 inches than my bella box. Here is the diagram I drew and instructions to help you understand how it is made.
1. Start with a 12" x 12" piece of cardstock. To get the correct size of box to hold A-2 size cards, you will cut 2" off one of the sides. Now your sheet is 10" x 12".
2. With the 10" side horizontal as in above diagram on the right, score 2" from left side. and 2" from the right side. 3. Turning the cardstock so that the 12" side is horizontal, score 5" from the left side, and 5" from the right side.
4. Cut the solid lines, that would be on both sides up to the 2" mark only. Fold up into bag shape and tape.
5. To make the lid, see above for diagram on the left. Start with a piece of cardstock 6" x 10". Score at 5", 2". and 3". The 5" side is taped to inside of back of the bag and the 2" forms the top and the 3" is the flap in front. I used two magnets to force the flap and the lid to stay in place. One is between the layers of the horse and girl, and the scallop circle and the other is under the pattern paper on the front of the box. The magnets are very thin and are made by Basic Grey. I hope these instructions make sense. Feel free to email me or leave me a comment if you need help. I think, once you make one, you will find it to be very easy to make and one that can easily be adjusted to different sizes.

Now, lets take a look at the individual cards, which by the way, I thought I was never going to finish coloring ... that was much more coloring than I usually do! All the cards used the same stamp, paper and cardstock. I just changed the layouts to change to look of the individual cards. The actual image was large so I was limited as to what layout would work and still be able to see as much of the papers as possible. The Pink paper was by Karen Foster called Horseshoe Bandanna, and the Cowgirl words paper was from Adorn It from their Wild West collection and is called Cowgirl Talk. After each card, I will list any other items used on the cards.

Recipe Card #1 -Flowers by Prima, Brads by Creative Impressions

Card #2 Recipe - Ribbon by May Arts, Rhinestones by Hero Arts, Border Punch by EK Success

Card #3 Recipe - Ribbon by Unknown, Silver Ribbon Slide by Unknown, Silver Squares by JoAnns

Card #4 Recipe: Dot Sparkler Stickers by Stampendous, Brad (shank cut off) by Basic Grey

Card # 5 Recipe - Brown Paper with white diamond design by American Crafts, Flowers by Prima, Brad by Creative Impressions (white brad colored with Brown Sharpie)
Card #6 Recipe: Ribbon by Creative Impressions, Tiny Pink Pearls by Hero Arts. One note about the shape of the die on the card - I first used Labels 4 to die cut the image out, but if cut off her and the horses legs and I decided I didn't like it, so I pieced them back under with a scallop circle behind the labels 4 and that is why I used the ribbon and brown border to cover up the boo boo ... I share all my secrets with you! LOL!

Now, there is one last addition to this gift that I must tell you about. I don't know if Alex, will use the cards for notecards or if she will want to use them as an occasion card. I got the idea to stamp out a bunch of random sentiments and I layered each onto the same pink cardstock. On the inside of all cards, I have added a white layer so she can pick one of the sentiments and tape to inside or she can just write her own message, the choice is hers. Here is a pic of all the sentiments I stamped.

That's it! I hope she likes her gift and appreciates how much work I did on it. But, as you know, handmade gifts are mostly for the giver and the happiness one gets for creating! Now, I have to get back to my Easter cards because they need to go in the mail by Wednesday at the latest. I will try to post something on Tuesday, but if you don't see me, it is because I am frantically trying to finish my Easter cards!

Please leave me a comment and let you know what you think about my Giddyupabella Card Set!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Chicks Rule!

I am back today with another card using the little chicks. Chicks Rule was another sentiment in the same set of clear stamps. so I just knew I had to go with some pink colors to celebrate "us chicks"! Enjoy ...


Paper - 12 x 12 by Stampin'Up, Cardstock Pink, Yellow, White
Stamps - Clear Set by Jillibean Soup
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Dies/Punches - Nestiblities Oval and Oval Scallop
Other - Flower by Prima, Ribbon by Creative Impressions, Rhinestones by Hero Arts

If you missed yesterday's post, be sure to scroll down to see these cute chicks in a couple of other layouts!

I will have one more post this week, hopefully tomorrow. I am working on a project of a set of cards and card holder that you will not want to miss! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 25, 2010

You Crack Me Up!

I have a couple of cards for you today. Both is stamped with the same image, but totally different layouts. First, I need to tell you about the first sketch, and how I came about using it. As you know, the last couple of months I have been participating in various sketch challenges. Now, I don't do any one exclusively, I just pick and choose the ones I like. This last Saturday, a friend sent me a link to a blog hop hosted by Operation Write Home. I have to tell you more about Operation Write Home, but first let me finish about the sketch challenge. So, going throughout the different blogs, there was one that was giving away blog "candy"(stamping stuff), if you participated in her sketch challenge. The idea was she would email you a sketch, and then you would email your finished card to her. Well, I was intrigued. Not necessarily about the "candy" but could I take the challenge to complete a sketch I had never seen. So, this time I would not have the opportunity to pick and choose. I did it! Following is the sketch she sent me and my card ...

It is kinda hard to tell in the photo above but, there is 3 separate panels at 2 1/4 x 1 1/2" each. Which caused some initial fretting, because that meant that I needed very small images to fit into the rectangles. I have quite a number of new clear stamps from various companies and looking through the possibilities, I came across these adorable chicks that I knew would be perfect in the rectangles. I do need to tell you that I think I was supposed to wait to show you my creation, when the sketch was posted on her blog, but I wasn't sure when that would be - so I am warning you - you might see this card again at a later date.

I did change one thing in her layout which was to move the middle panels up slightly so I could fit my sentiment in at the bottom of the card. Inside, I think, a perfect sentiment would be "I am so lucky to have a friend like you!" I loved the little chick paper I used but was unhappy that so little showed. That of course, led me to create another card with the leftover pieces of this cute chick paper. I went with a layout I have done before that I love. This time I put this chicks on one single panel together. I love the way it came out ...

I love how on both cards I paper pieced the little eggshells with the matching paper. This stamp set came with other sentiments and so I made a third card with the same stamp set, this time with different colors and another sentiment. But you will have to come back tomorrow to see it!

Recipe Both Cards:

Paper -Both cards - 6 x6 pad from Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety Line, Cardstock Yellow, White for card #1 and Cardstock Orange, White, Yellow, Black for card #2
Stamps - Clear stamp set by Jillibean Soup
Ink -Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Dies/Punches -Card #1 -Oval Nestiblities, Card #2 - Labels 8, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestiblities
Other -Card #1 Orange Pearls from Queen & Co. Card #2 Ribbon from May Arts, Yellow Brad from Imaginese (I cut the brad shank off with my Tim Holtz scissors!)

You must check out the Operation Write Home website. These people collect and distribute handmade cards to our troops overseas. I was very impressed with their operation. They also have a couple of blogs associated directly with the site. And that is not counting all the blogs that participated in the blog hop last weekend. To get you started, check out these ...
I think a group of us are going to start doing cards for them. Let me know if you would like to participate.

See ya tomorrow with that 3rd Little Chick card! Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Butterfly Swirls!

Hello! For today's card, my inspiration came from new scrapbook paper I recently bought. I went with colors that would highlight the colors in the paper. The butterfly stamp I used also went perfect with the paper. The butterfly is one out of a big set of butterfly images from Unity Stamps. The border punch by Stampin' Up, is one from the first time I saw it, I knew it would be so awesome to add small baubles or in this case pearls to the middle of each loop. I love the look, but it did take a lot of pearls! The butterflies printed images in the paper shows their antennas in black so that is why I hand drew the antennae on my stamped butterfly. I wanted it to match. Enjoy ...


Paper - Basic Grey Green at Heart Line, Cardstock Purple & Olive Green (I think the green is Stampin' Up)
Stamps - Unity Stamps Bevy of Butterflies Cling Set
Ink - Versamark, JudiKins White Embossing Powder
Dies/Punches - Nestiblilties Circle and Scallop Circle, Labels 3, Stampin' Up Border Punch
Other - Ribbon by May Arts, Pearls by Hero Arts

See you tomorrow! Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sending You Whale Wishes!

In a perfect world, I would like to post at least one card on each weekday. Of course, it is not a perfect world. I had Monday's card ready Sunday night, so normally I do a post so it shows up Monday morning, well, I didn't do it and went to bed instead, with the intention of doing it first thing Monday morning. That didn't happen either! So, it is now late Monday, and I am posting it so you will see it Tuesday morning. I guess ... if I think I want to do 5 cards for you in a week, I should attempt to have posts on Tues - Sat. and then if I do have one for you on Monday too, that will be a bonus! Now, that we have gotten that cleared up, let's get to my latest card!

Jen delMuro ( sketch for the week is dedicated to Susan Liles ( Susan's hubby, Eric, was diagnosed with lymphoma and started his chemo treatments last week. So, Jen's idea was for us to do the sketch challenge and then send the card on to Susan & Eric. I had already decided I wanted to send a card, so when Jen came up with the idea, I thought perfect!

I have new stamps to ink! So, of course I wanted to use some of those! And I wanted to go with some colors that would be suitable to send on to Eric and Susan. Looking at my sayings, I came across a very simple one that says "sending you well wishes". I decided to take it a step further and add on a humorous sentiment too. I did this in word on the computer by using a similar font! Some cards I make I like o.k. and then some I think are really great - this is one of those - too cute! Enjoy ...

I want to comment on the little "faux"bow I made. I saw this how-to on one of the blogs. I will do my best to explain it. I would be better if I knew what blog I saw it on and I could link you up to their instruction, but I don't know where I was when I saw it. Typical! One ribbon is horizontal on your card and then you take another piece and slip it under the first ribbon at a 90 degree angle and tie it into a knot onto the already layed down ribbon. I hope this makes sense. If I run across the tutorial I saw, I will let you know.


Paper - Bo Bunny Denim Gingham, Circles is Retired Stampin' Up , Cardstock - Blue & Olive
Stamps - Whale from Hero Arts Oceans of Joy Set, Sending You Well Wishes by The Cat's Pajamas, "Whale" Wishes sentiment computer generated.
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Punches/Dies -Labels 8, Cuttlebug Folder Swirls
Other - Ribbon by Creative Impressions, Pearl Baubles by Queen & Co., Sanding block

See ya tomorrow! Happy Stamping!


Friday, March 19, 2010

Silhouette Garden

Today I am using a clear set of stamps made by Hero Arts. It is one that is made exclusively for Archivers, which I got to go to last week when my hubby & I went down to Galveston. The store is actually in Katy, which is on the west side of Houston. There are only two Archivers in Texas. The other one is located in Austin. It just happens that we are going there tomorrow so we can go to a music/record convention. (I married a man with a "collection"! Pretty smart, huh?) Anyway, my husband has promised me that we can make a stop there. Woo Hoo!

First, let me show you the stamp set I used ...

Now for my card ...
You can see why I wanted to show you the stamp I used, because I did not use the whole image. The card is very simple. Embossing in white on pattern paper is a nice effect. Do you like how I die cutted two different colors and pieced them together? The strips with the flowers are from the opposite side of the 12 x12. They really had more of a cream background instead of white, but I decided using them with the white background layer was a nice contrast and it makes everything pop! Whatcha think?


Paper - Little Yellow Bicycle Fresh Point Line
Stamps - Silhouette Garden by Hero Arts for Archivers
Ink - Versamark and Judikins White Embossing Powder
Dies/Punches - Cuttlebug Folder, Labels 3
Other - Ribbon, Rhinestones by Hero Arts

I know I only gave you 4 cards for this week (well, if you don't count the ones the grandkids made). We are going to be out of town tomorrow for the day, so I will be back next week with more creations. Thanks for stopping by! My blog has gotten over 1000 hits since Sept. when I added the counter! Pretty cool!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Dancing Flowers!

Hello! Once again, I am participating in one of the sketch challenges from Mojo Monday. You can go to their blog to see the sketch. I used a clear set I recently got from There She Goes Clear Stamps. I made my first attempt at paper piercing using Stampin' Up's template. I knew how to use it but I had actually never done it. I did great for about half the circle and then I got off track just a little. I decided it wasn't noticeable enough to redo it. Originally, I thought I would stamp the flowers on the circle and the words on the square but the word stamp was too large for the square. And that was even after I enlarged the whole card. So, I switched and put the words on the circle and the flowers on the square. I really like it that way, because it is more unexpected. The flowers from this set, I have seen stamped and colored in, but for mine, I stamped on colored cardstock, ran them through the dot cuttlebug folder, and layered them. Nice effect, I think. The verbage is one of my favorites, and one that I have with similar wording from other companies. I seem to have many word stamps in different fonts, from different companies. Maybe that is a sign of a true stamper! LOL! Here is the card - enjoy -


Paper - Stripes by Bo Bunny, Cardstock
Stamps - There She Goes Clear Stamps - Dance set
Ink - Versafine Black
Punches/Dies - Nestiblities Circle and Square, Border Punch by Martha Stewart
Other - Ribbon by May Arts, Black Pearls by Hero Arts, Swiss Dot Cuttlebug Folder

Would love to hear your comments! Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Hello! Happy "Go Green" Day! I told my hubby this should be his day, because he loves all colors of green! He has more green shirts, in all shades, than you can imagine! Anyway, on to today's card ... On my Feb. 12th post, I used The Cat's Pajamas bear to make a Valentine's card, so I figured he could be used again for this holiday too! I am thinking this might become a "thing"! On both cards, his body has gotten paper pieced with the coordinating scrapbook paper and he holds a item for the holiday, in this case a clover! Too cute! At the last minute, I decided to add a sentiment around the edge of the circle, knowing that it might not get stamped good. It came out o.k., could have been better, but I didn't want to redo the whole thing, so I just went with it! Enjoy ...


Paper - Stripes/Clovers (one sheet, opposite sides) by Reminisce Lucky Me line, Cardstock
Stamps - Bear by The Cat's Pajamas, Sentiment by Studio G $1 clear stamps
Ink - Versafine Black
Punches/Dies - Nestiblities circle and scallop circles (the striped ones on the end were made and then cut in half)
Other - Green rhinestones

Enjoy the day! Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Irish Prayer & Spring Break Creations!

Hello! Two of the stepgrandchildren are here visiting while they are off for spring break. Sean is 13 and Jordan is 10. When I got up this morning, I headed to my room to make a couple of cards for you for St. Patrick's Day. First thing you know, here comes the kids and so I ended up helping helped both of them work on some cards. In between I did finally finish my two St. Patrick's Day cards. I have one for you today. Come back tomorrow to see the second one ... it's the best! For today's card I used my favorite Irish poem. The green accents are supposed to be 4 leaf clovers but they look more like flowers. But they are clovers! Notice I did a square card, which is not my normal type of card to make. But the poem was so large, I really needed more space. I like how it came out - here it is ...


Paper - Stripe Paper by Reminisce Lucky Stripe line, Cardstock
Stamps - Irish Prayer by Stamp A Mania, Clovers by $1 Studio G clear stamps
Ink - Versafine Black
Punches/Dies - Sizzlits- Flowers, Vine & Flourish Set, Border Punch by Stampin' Up
Other - Ribbon by May Arts, Button

Now, for the creations from the kids ...

The following two cards were created by Jordan -
The next two cards were created by Sean -

They did an awesome job! See ya tomorrow!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Happy Hello!

Hello! Today's card is very bright and cheery! The image is a cute little bird that I found at The Crafty Scrapper store. It is one of those $1 mini clear stamps from Imaginisce. The layout is a very simple one. At a craft fair a couple of weeks ago, I bought a small spool of this flower ribbon for .50 cents - what a buy! It totally is made for this card! Enjoy ...

Here is my inside ...

Paper - Imaginisce Lucy Bird line, Cardstock white, pink, black
Stamps - Bird from Imaginisce, A Happy Hello from Stampin' Up, Inside sentiment from Darcie's
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Dies/Punches - Nestiblities Circle 2 sizes & Scallop Circle
Other - Ribbon - unknown, Corner Stickers from Stampendous, Rhinestones from Hero Arts

Have a great weeekend! Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Have I Toad You ...

Today's card is made for my hubby for our 3rd anniversary. Today, the 10th, is the actual day, so I thought if would be fun to post it today! I debated about whether I should use a frog on his card, because on his Valentine, I stamped a frog. But, I figured he wouldn't really care, and frogs are kinda our thing. I won't elaborate on that, because I am not sure I understand it! Anyway, back to the card. I used a layout that I used back on January the 25th. I added this date in case you want to go back there and check out how different they came out. All the papers are from one 6 x 6 paper pad. The great thing about the scrapbook companies making these pads are for us, the cardmakers, is as a rule the designs are much smaller and better for cards! The multi-colored piece is actually flowers, but the design reminded me of lily pads! The sentiment, inside and out was printed from word on the computer. I added very tiny gold rhinestones on his crown. I am not sure they show up very well in the photo. I also went a little crazy with the green rhinestones. But I love it! Here is the card ... enjoy!

And this is part of the inside so you can see the sentiment ...

Paper - Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety 6 x6 Mini Deck, Cardstock cream, green
Stamps - Frog by Inkadinkado
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Dies/Punches - Nestibilites Scallop Circle 2 sizes and Circle 2 sizes
Other - Flower by Prima, Button, Rhinestones by Hero Arts

Remember, I am out of town this week, but I have pre-posted another card for Friday! So check back in on Friday! Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Nuts About You!

Today I am participating in Jen del Muro's sketch challenge from her blog. The last few weeks I have started doing some of the various sketch challenges. I was a little anxious about participating at first, but I have decided I like the challenge they give me! I have never participated in Jen's sketch before, but she is one of my favorite stampers and this week's sketch looked like it would be pretty simple. To see the sketch, follow this link to her blog ...

Now, did I say this card was simple? Well, yes the layout is, but it gave me a little trouble when it came to picking out papers. You see, I wanted to use this paper with trees, but going by the layout, only a smaller rectangle was going to show. I ended up cutting out of the middle of my 12 x 12 sheet to get what I wanted. It works for this card, but I am not sure about using the leftover pieces for other cards. I guess I will worry about that later! I like the finished card .. do you?

Here is the inside ...


Paper - Trees by My Little Shoebox, Dark Brown with White Stitching by American Crafts
Stamps - The Cat's Pajamas clear set
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol, Broken China & Celery Distress inks sponged
Dies/Punches - Nestiblities Scallop Circle 2 sizes, and Circle 2 sizes
Other - Ribbon by May Arts, Button

I wanted to let you know that I will be out of town this week Tuesday through Thursday. My hubby and I are going down to Galveston for a little getaway to celebrate our 3rd anniversary. I had hoped over this last weekend to make 5 cards so I would have a card a day to show you. I only got 3 done. So, look for the cards on my blog on Wednesday and Friday. Thanks!

Happy Stamping! Tina

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Just a Swinging!

Welcome! I think today's card is so cute! I think it might even be the best I have ever made! I had to call a friend, one of the ladies that used to teach when I had my store, to find out what they call this kind of card. I found out it is called a spinner card. I knew how to make it, but just didn't know what it was called. When I got the stamp of the little girl on the swing, I knew I wanted to try and make it look like she was actually swinging! It took a little time to get the look I wanted, but in the end, it came out awesome! Here is the finished card first and then read down where I give you more instruction.

Swinging out ...
Inside of my card ...

Tree shape showing mechanism holes ...

You can find on the Internet several videos of the step by step instructions to make a spinner card. But the basic instructions are this. My horizontal hole was made with Stampin' Up's word window punch and half of the punch is used for the vertical part. I made these 2 punches on another piece and then used that as as a pattern to create it on the green piece. To make your object move, you simply use 2 pennies with a mini round pop up dot in between the two pennies. The pennies slide along the holes creating movement.

I paper pieced her dress. which I love! I added a mini strip of the same paper on the card to match her dress. Behind the mechanism, I added a small green piece of cardstock, so that the cloud paper does not show through the hole. If you need more instruction, just let me know. I will be glad to help. I would love to hear your feedback on this one! Do you love this card as much as I do?


Paper - My Minds Eye Abbey Road Line (stripes and dots), My Minds Eye Love Me Do Line (Clouds)
Stamps - Swinging Girl by My Favorite Things Pure Innocence Line
Ink - Versafine Black, Prismacolor Pencils, Gamsol
Dies/Punches - Nestiblities Large Classic Scallop Die, Martha Stewart Border punch (inside)

Thanks for stopping by! Remember leave a comment if possible.
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Got Scrabble?

Hello! On Thursday, my friend Donna and I got together and played a game of scrabble. We had so much fun and were so excited that we able to play every single tile! It rarely happens to work out that way! I decided I should take a picture of the finished board and put it on this blog just for fun! So, I took the picture with my phone and sent it to my email. On the way home, I started thinking about the next card I wanted to make. With that scrabble board as my inspiration, I came up with my next card idea! Here is the pic of the board first ...

And now let me share with you my inspiration ...

This is a great example of how you can combine artsy elements on your cards. Let me explain how I made the top portion of the card, the flowers. This was a technique that I taught in a class when I still had my store. I used my Tombows to color directly on the stamp and then I spritzed the stamp with a little water before stamping on the cardstock. Then, I took a piece of acetate and stamped the same background with white Staz-On onto the acetate. When I layered the white stamped acetate over the stamped cardstock, I slightly moved the acetate. This allows the colors to show through more. It is a simple idea that gives a card a great look!


Paper - Striped paper by Scenic Route Providence line, Cardstock White, Orange, Green and Acetate
Ink - Tombow Markers, White Staz-On
Stamps - Flower Background by Hero Arts
Other - Prima Flowers, Scrabble Letters by EK Success, Flower Rhinestones by Hero Arts

The last few weeks I have been attempting to give you one card on each of the weekdays. And then I take the weekends off. But some weeks, like this one, it just doesn't seem to work out that way. I will have one more card for you this week, tomorrow, even though it is technically a weekend day and not a weekday. So, make sure you check in tomorrow because tomorrow's card is awesome! Wait until you see. Yes, I could just show you today ... but I think I would rather give you something to look forward to!!

See ya tomorrow! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Butterfly Elegance!

For today's card, I went with colors that you don't see from me that often. I originally thought I wanted to go with more pink than the peach/wine colors but as I started working with different papers, my original idea just seem to change. The scrapbook paper is new. I got it last weekend at The Crafty Scrapper. Once I realized it had all these pretty butterflies on it, I knew I needed to use it with my new butterfly stamp. I saw this butterfly stamp at the first stamp convention back in January. I didn't buy it when I saw it, but overnight I decided I needed it, so I had a friend pick it up for me on the second day of the convention. I finally got the stamp from her. It is a much larger stamp than I realized, hence the larger card. As you know, 90% of my cards are A-2 size, but sometimes you just need a larger space to create, as in this case. I love all my pearl embellishments. It so makes the card elegant and complete. Enjoy!


Paper - Butterfly paper by Prima, Cardstock - Creme/Peach/Rose Red
Stamps - Butterfly by Sweet Impressions Rubber Stamps
Ink - Versafine Crimson Red, JudiKins Clear Embossing Powder
Dies/Punches - Nestiblities Large Scallop Circle and Circle
Other - Ribbon by May Arts, Pearls by Hero Arts

Happy Stamping! Tina

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Purple Spring!

Today's card is pretty and purple! Last weekend I took some of my stamps leftover from my store to try to sell at a craft sale and as I was putting them out in buckets, I came across this very sweet iris stamp and decided to take it home and stamp it! (After all, it was bought with my money even though it was bought for the store!) The scrapbook paper I used was this pretty purple with a design of white circles of smaller circles. I thought wouldn't it be prettier for this card if inside each circle there was a flower design? Yes, you guessed it, I added a stamped image to the inside of each circle and then at the end when it was time to add my embellishments, I added a dot sparkler sticker to each flower center! I love the effect! Enjoy!


Paper - Retired Stampin' Up (purchased at the last weekend's craft show ... yea!), Cardstock White and Dark Purple
Stamps - Iris by Northwoods, Tiny Flower by Hero Arts
Ink - Versafine Imperial Purple, Prismacolor Pencils
Dies/Punches - Nestibilities Scallop Circle and Circle, Martha Stewart Punch
Other - Creative Impressions Ribbon, Stampendous Dot Sparklers

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Enjoying the Tweet Life!

Hello! Today's card is my participation in Mojo Monday's sketch challenge. Here is a link so you can check out the layout. This darling image of the birdhouses and birds is from a clear set that I got this last weekend. I could see the birds in blue, so, I went through my scrapbook paper and found this bright springtime blue and yellow flower paper. A perfect match! I had a little trouble with the small strips where I wanted to add my words, but I was finally able to get it to work. I added very tiny yellow rhinestones to the top of each birdcage. I don't believe they show up very well in the picture. Here is my creation...enjoy!


Paper - Unknown scrap
Stamps - Impression Obsession clear stamp set
Ink - Versafine Black. Tombow Markers

Dies/Punches - Nestibilities Scallop circle 2 Sizes and Circle, Nestiblities Scallop Rectangle (inside)
Other - Prima Flower, Button, Creative Impressions Ribbon, Hero Arts Rhinestones

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