Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Feelin' Froggy

I LOVE paper punched animals! It is so cool to see how those punches that hang on your wall every day can work together to create something so cute!! Bailey's third grade teacher last year loved frogs so I included this card I made a while ago with her photo calendar that I finally finished! I always make a scrapbook or something similar for Bailey's teacher's end-of-year gift, but this year, I was a little late. My multitasking skills have really taken a hit with this pregnancy! Anyway, this year, I did a Shutterfly calendar that she can use this year with pictures from last year's class. I LOVE this idea and it's so easy - much easier than making a scrapbook! I hope she likes it. Have a great day!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A Male SU! Demonstrator? It's True!!!

Not only does Mary Fish create beautiful projects for her blog, she features beautiful projects created by other stampers, too! I really like this project by Jason Casper and it was a cinch to CASE. I LOVE using a variety of embossing folders on a single project - they're just so much fun!! Check out Jason's blog here for more inspiration!! Have a great week!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Bugs & Kisses

Isn't this the cutest little ladybug card you've ever seen?!?! My dear friend, Leigh Ann's daughter, Regan, is really into ladybugs, so I couldn't resist making this card for her 10th birthday. I wanted something a little different, so I went to SCS to see what all you other crafty creators are making. I knew as soon as I saw this adorable 3-D ladybug that is was the perfect card for Regan, and it was super simple to make. The ladybug only requires 3 punched scallop circles that I folded in half and adhered together. I drew the spots on with a Sharpie, and I used a 3/4" circle punch for the head. After using my Labels 4 Nestabilities to cut out the white piece of cardstock, I left the template in place and sponged on Bashful Blue ink for a bit of contrast. I love how easy it is to make nice even layers with Nestabilities. Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Delightful & Delicious

I'm pretty sure I posted this card a long time ago, but it's one I did for my stamp club last week and I really love all the layers and Starbucks-inspired details! This set by Verve is called Delightful & Delicious, and it's the best coffee set I've seen. The link above takes you to the SCS gallery for the set and lots more inspiration. I can't wait to check it out! Have a great week!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Simply Sent Card Set

Isn't this the cutest set of cards? You'll never guess where I found the inspiration? That's right My very favorite blog!! I think this set would make a great hostess gift or teacher gift. I happen to have some 4.25" square envelopes so I was able to make these cards 4" square. Thanks for stopping by and stay cool!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Teacher Gifts are DONE!!

I am beyond thrilled that I have finished the beginning-of-the-year gifts I made for some of Bailey's teachers and school staff, especially since school starts on Tuesday!! I found this idea on SCS and loved it immediately. Sadly, Bath & Body Works didn't have these bottles of apple-scented hand sanitizer so I went with White Citrus because it's green! They were at awesome deal at $3 each! I made tags using Nestabilities Labels 4 and attached them to little bags of chocolate. What could be better than something sweet and something practical!! I LOVE the red and green ribbons together - I don't think it looks too Christmasy, do you? I found a TON of great ribbon in my ribbon drawer when I was looking for ribbon for this project. I had to get another wooden rod and clear out another basket to organize it all in! It's almost like finding buried treasure! See you again soon!!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Footprints in the Sand

One of my local scrapbook stores recently went out of business, but before they did, they had a fantastic sale that I just couldn't pass up! I found some beautiful paper, a pack of Thickers, an adorable baby's first year calendar, and this rubber stamp with the end of Footprints in the Sand. I have always loved and found comfort in this story. I made this card for a family friend who had surgery today and I love the way it turned out. I lucked out when I found such pretty trim in my ribbon drawer that matched this paper pack. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

I promise this is the last one!!

Same song, third verse. Not much more to say about this design except that this card is for one of my Bunko buddies who just announced she's pregnant!! I'm really beginning to think that there's something in the water around here! Thanks for stopping by - I promise to show a little more variety in the next few days!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

More Baby Thank You Cards

I'm on a roll making thank you cards and I really love this one that I found on SCS. I recently bought an argyle embossing folder that I absolutely LOVE for baby cards. The sweet little bear doesn't need much to look great! I raided all my PTI pink buttons and was able to finish several cards. I can't wait to send them to my friends. Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Shake, Rattle, & Roll

Who knew that Chat's beautiful post from a few days ago would prove to be so versatile? After my first baby shower on Tuesday, I started thinking about an amazing thank you note I could make for my stamping friends, and it occurred to me that this beautiful flower might make an adorable baby rattle! And I LOVE how it turned out!! I made 21 of these beauties today, in between doing laundry and cleaning out Bailey's disaster of a closet! I can't wait to send them to my friends - I hope they're impressed! Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!!

More Inspiration from Chat

OMGosh! I am LOVING this card from Chat on her Me, My Stamps and I blog!! This is truly my very favorite blog and I have CASEd many of her beautiful projects. I couldn't pass this one up and luckily, I had some pretty new PTI paper to use. It was so much easier to create than I thought. I first punched out the scalloped circle and then worked the tab punched pieces around it by keeping their edges near the circle's edge. I had a little space left over, so I cut one tabbed piece in half and worked it right in. Piece of cake!! I used my new argyle embossing folder (LOVE IT!!) and a pretty little rhinestone brad to finish it off. I cannot wait to make more these lovely flowers! Have a wonderful day!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Inspired by Stamp and Smile

Hey, there! Check out these CUTE cardsI saw on Michelle Yungbauer's blog, Stamp and Smile! I have seen a couple of cards that use the wing from SU!'s Two-Step Bird Punch to make flowers, but I am so dumb and didn't realize until I had already made my card that it was the SMALLER wing that's used - not the entire bird!!! Anyway, I borrowed the punch from my friend, Mary Ann's mom, Jane, and punched out a ton of birds AND wings, & I'm going to use every last one of them! I think these flowers look a bit like bearded tulips and I LOVE the colors on this card - Poppy Parade, Peach Parfait, and Daffodil Delight. I think that might be my new go-to color palette! Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, August 2, 2010

More from the Aviary

I am lovin' this set! It could be my new "Branch Out" but I'm not certain of that yet!! I found my next inspiration from Stampin' Connection on the SU! website. I just love the stacked bird cages! I made this card for a family friend who's just gotten some scary medical news. I hope that these colorful little birds will cheer her up and let her know she's in my prayers. Have a great day!!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lovin' Those Birds!

I have been anxiously awaiting the arrival of my new stamp set from SU! called "Aviary" and it finally arrived!! I have made fun of all the birds SU! has come out with in recent years, so it's a little ironic to me that I fell so in love with this set. My first card with the set is inspired by this on that I found on SCS. In addition to the stamp set, I also got the new In Color markers & cardstock, Sunny Garden DSP (GORGEOUS!!), and Daffodil Delight CS, marker, & ribbon. I really like the new colors, especially Poppy Parade! Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!