Sympathy Card

This week's challenge at Late Night Stampers is to make Sympathy Cards....we never want to have to send these out but in all honesty they are probably some of the most important cards we send. Here is my sample for the challenge, I prefer a Clean and Simple, uncluttered look for my condolence cards. I hope you like it!

Late Night Stampers Anything but a Card Challenge!

Here is another project I created for this week's "Anything but a card" Late Night Stamper's Challenge...a little bag and pillow box that would be perfect for Mother's Day I think!

I created my bag from Old Olive cardstock and used the new Scallop Punch from the Saleabration catalog along the top (yes, you can get it for free through the end of the month with any $50 purchase!) To decorate the front I stamped my image from the Bella Toile background stamp on Whisper White cardstock in Jet Black Stazon and then colored it using my Aquapainter and ink pads. I clipped out the part of the image I wanted and mounted on Basic Black I had run through the Big Shot with the Perfect Polka Dot Impressions Folder (in the current Occasions Mini Catalog) I adhered it to Pretty in Pink cardstock and distressed the edges of both.

My pillow box was cut out with my Big Shot and Stampin' Up! Bigz Pillow Box Die and run through the Big Shot with the Polka Dot Folder. A gorgeous Old Olive Satin Ribbon finishes it off and helps tie it in with the bag.

I hope you like these projects! I'd love for you to come join us on Late Night Stampers, its a group for anyone who loves Stampin' Up! You can join here. If you are a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator youc an also join us on the Late Night Stampers Demonstrator Only group to get great ideas and business help!

Anything but a Card!

This week's Challenge over at Late Night Stampers is "Anything but a Card" which is a toughie for me! I did come up with this cute Easter project using the new Milk Carton Die from the Occasions Mini Catalog.

My Milk Carton is cut out of So Saffron cardstock using the Big Shot and Stampin' Up! Mini Milk Carton Die . I stamped my image from A Flower for All Seasons in Jet Black Stazon on Watercolor Paper and then colored it with my ink pads and Aquapainter.

I created my paper rose by using a quilling technique on a 1/2" by 12" piece of So Saffron. YOu can see my YouTube video tutorial for making these roses here. The Stem is rolled Old Olive cardstock and the grass was created by running strips of Old Olive cardstock through my Stampin' Up! crimper.

I finished it off by stamping my Happy Easter sentiment in Old Olive on textured Very Vanilla cardstock, creating a banner end and adding a Playground button tied with a sliver of So Saffron cardstock. A Mini Library Clip finished it off!

Thanks for looking! I'd love your comments!

Yet another Birthday card!

I'm on a roll this week, here is yet another birthday card I created, this one for my cousin who will be turning 10 soon.

My card base is Crushed Curry scored along the top. My little robot is stamped in Stazon Jet Black on Whisper White and colored with my Aquapainter and ink pads. This was then mounted on Dusty Durango and adhered to Bordering blue I ran through my Big Shot with the Texturz Backgrounds 1 large dot plate and mounted on Old Olive. My chipboard numbers were colored with Old Olive Craft Ink and then stamped with the tree design from Trendy Trees. Some little snippets of Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain ribbon finish it off!

Happy Moments

Today is my wonderufl Mother's Birthday and to celebrate that here is a super cute Birthday card made with the Happy Moments Sale-a-bration Set!

The other day I took all my inkpads out of my craft room to watercolor images while watching tv, then when I was putting them back I just happened to place my Old Olive, So Saffron, and Dusty Durango pads all together and thought it was a nice color combination and decided to use it in a card.

I started my card with a Whisper White Card base. I layered over this Old Olive and then So Saffron I ran though my Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! Dot Embossing Folder. I made my "patterned" background by repeatedly stamping the flower image from Happy Moments and then coloring it with my ink pads and Aquapainter.

My sentiment is from the same set, stamped in Jet Black Stazon on Shiper White, then punched out with the Word Window punch and mounted on an Old Olive Modern Label. Some Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon peeks out from behind my flowers to balance the card.

I ain't Lion!

Here's another birthday card I made for this week's Late Night Stamper's Birthay Challenge!

I made this card with the Lion from Fox and Friends, adding a little background confetti and sentiment from the Look Who's Turning set. Some paper courtesy fo Sale-a-bration and a Dusty Durango Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon finish it off! I hope you like it!

Another Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge

Here is my card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge....I'm starting to like trying to play these everyweek! They tend to use a lot of circles and I don't have the Circle Scissors Plus yet (on my wishlist!) but I realized that my Stampin' Up! Bigz Simple Letters Dies have a double circle image that was just perfect for what I was looking for on this card!

My card base is Very Vanilla and I stamped the bottom half of the card front with the Bella Toile Background Stamp in Jet Black Stazon. I used a scrap of Basic Black Cardstock and my Scallop Edge punch to create a border for the top of my stamped image to give the appearance of patterned paper. My Simple Letters Bigz die cut my circles for me in Basic Black and Very Vanilla and I used the Bellas Bloom set to stamp my images in Jet Black Stazon. I used my piercing tool to accent around the circles.

A Basic Black Stain Ribbon decorates the front of the card along with that beautiful flower image from Bellas Bloom (I love that set, it was one of my first sets...sometimes it gets buried under other sets because its smaller and I forget about it, but when I pull it out I love every project I've made with it!!!)

Thanks for looking, hope you're all having a wonderful week!!!

Clean and Simple Birthday

How's this for a Clean and Simple Birthday card? Thisi s another card for this week's Late Night Stamper's Birthday Card Challenge. A few simple score lines and the fabulous Happy Moments Stamp set and you're good to go! A little watercoloring makes it extra special!

Now, while I love massively layered cards I find myself leaning more and more lately towards these one layer cards....(I'm still working on my Artisan Award entries which are very detailed so I find myself goin gmore simple for everything else!) These cards are great would be so simple to stamp a set of them and they'd make a great gift!

Pals Paper Arts Challenge

This week's Pals Paper Arts Challenge was to use Garden Green, Certainly Celery and Kraft...definitely a differnt color combo than I'm used to! I took the challenge though and made this masculine feeling card using the Embrace Life and Trendy Trees Stampin' Up! Stamp Sets:

I'd love to hear what you think!

Easy-peasy birthday card!

How easy is this card? One stamp, an Aquapainter and ink pads, and a few colors of cardstock!

The Late Night Stamper's Challenge of the week is to make a birthday card-any kind! We all need birthday cards and I just adore this little robot so I thought I'd make this fun card for my Dad's birthday coming up in a couple weeks. I toyed around with adding various embellishments but in the end I figured less was more, especially since this is a card for a man (men don't truly appreciate ribbon and buttons the way we do, do they ladies!?)

I hope you like it and will join us over at Late Night Stampers (see my left sidebar) to play along!

Watercoloring with Stampin Up!

Here is a watercolor I made based off a picture I took in Venice a few years ago. I used all Stampin' Up! supplies.

I used Stampin Up! watercolor paper, an Aquapainter, and my Stampin' Up! ink pads to make it, what do you think? I haven't watercolored in years and years, probably since high school art class, but lately since I got my Aquapainter have just been searching for stamp sets to watercolor!

Clean and Simple St Patty's

Here is a Clean and Simple St Patty's Day card I created with the Heart Punch, Teeny Tiny Wishes, and Old Olive Satin Ribbon! (Sorry for the somewhat blurry pic, technical difficulties!!)

This week's Mojo Monday

Here is my card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge:

Sketch Challenges are kindof hard for me, but in a good way. I am glad I did this week's challenge because March is a big birthday month for me and I was feeling less than original with my layouts...this beauty is going to mom next week! (I also used this card for this week's Late Night Stamper's Challenge to break out the the glitter paper and I accented the cake image with Dazzling Diamonds!!)

Show the Bling!

Here is my card for this week's Late Night Stamper's Challenge to show off that Bling-all that sparkles and shines!

My card base is Whisper White scored at the top. I layered over this Basic Black and Real Red I ran through my Big Shot with the Stampin' Up! Dot impressions folder (love it!!) My image is from the Embrace Life stamp set, stamped in Jet Black Stazon and watercolored using my Aquapainter and ink pads. Its a little hard to tell but there is Dazzling Diamonds Glitter on the flowers. A Satin Ribbon and Clear Rhinestone Brads finish it off!

So lets see your glitter and shine, feel free to link your cards in my comments section!

Mojo monday (a bit late!)

I finally got around to making a card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge:

I started my card with a Very Vanilla card base and layered Not Quite Navy and Bella Bleu Designer Series Paper over top. I cut a strip of Very Vanilla cardstock and ran it through my crimper for texture. Behind this I added a Modern Label punched out in Not Quite Navy, folded in half, and added a little halfback peaerl from the Stampin' Up! Pretties Kit. My Simple Letters Bigz Die cut my circles for me (an added bonus of that alphabet set!) and my image from Vintage Vogue was stamped first in Versamark, then Not Quite Navy and embossed with Clear Embossing Powder. A Not Quite Navy Ribbon finishes it off!

I enjoyed making this card, I hope you like it, it was a nice change from the Clean and Simple cards I have been making lately.

Its a Stretch!

Here's another simple but very pretty card:

As you can probably tell, I'm on a bit of a Clean and Simple streak! I made this card by stamping my image from Its a Stretch in Jet Black Stazon on Watercolor paper. I then colored it with my Aquapainter and Stampin' Up! ink pads (Soft Suede, Bordering Blue, Old Olive, Crushed Curry, So Saffron) I then matted my colored image on Soft Suede and Old Olive and adhered it to a Very Vanilla card base. A Soft SUede Polka Dot Grosgrain Ribbon and Chit Chat Rub-on from the Occasions Mini Catalog finished it off! (I only used part of the sentiment.)

Abundant Hope

Here is a small, simple Easter card I made using the Abundant Hope stamp set from the Occasions Mini Catalog:

My Flower image was stamped in Jet Black Stazon on Very Vanilla Card stock. It was then colored using my Aqua painter and Old Olive, Summer Sun, and Crushed Curry Ink Pads. I distressed the edges with the Stampin' Up Cutter Kit Distressing Tool and matted on Old Olive I had distressed as well. This was adhered to a Very Vanilla Card base and accented with Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon. I hope you like this card, I love the way it turned out!

Clean and Simple Challenge card

This week's Challenge over at Late Night Stampers is to use Designer Series Paper so here is a Clean and Simple card I made using the Welcome Neighbor Paper Pack and my Little Leaves Sizzlet:

I love how the score lines add to the overall look of the card. I made my rose by stamping the image from Fifth Avenue Floral on Watercolor Paper in Ruby Red then water coloring with the Ruby Red inkpad and my Aquapainter.

What do you think? Too simple, or just right?