Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Another Lovely Day

This set by Artistic Outpost truly does remind me of our trip to Holland several years ago.  I loved the Dutch Delft blue pottery, and that's what inspired this card. 

Stamps:  A Lovely Day (Artistic Outpost)

Cardstock:  Brilliant Blue, Whisper White

Ink:  Brilliant Blue

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Easter Treats - Pizza style box

I made this pizza-style box to hold a jewelry box.  Measurements will need to be customized to your size jewelry box, so I didn't bother writing these down.

Back of the tag says "Happy Easter Allie!"

Stamps:  Animal Crackers

Cardstock:  Pretty in Pink, So Saffron, Whisper White

Ink:  Black

Other:  Scallop Circle punch, Pretty in Pink/Only Orange/Glorious Green markers, Whisper White grosgrain ribbon

Reach for the Stars!

Made this card for a swap using Punches.  I used the Small Star punch here.

Stamps:  Animal Crackers, Sanded Background

Cardstock:  Really Rust, More Mustard, Very Vanilla

Ink:  Black, More Mustard

Other:  Small Star punch, More Mustard/Really Rust markers

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

So long Chestnut

My friends lost their cat, Chestnut, today.  So sorry Viv & Sam...  :(

The bright side of today is that I found this cute paw punch at Joann's today!

Stamps:  C is for Cat

Cardstock:  So Saffron, Soft Suede, Whisper White

Ink:  Soft Suede

Other:  Soft Suede polka dot ribbon, Paws punch

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bird & Dog houses

Came across this great idea on Amy Water's blog.  It's a bird house, created by the famous Nichole Heady!  The pattern is available on Nichole's web site here.  Just print the pattern right onto your colored cardstock, add the roof (dimensions for roof are included on the pattern itself), and decorate to your heart's content!

The bird house was one we made at my Spring Stamp Camp this weekend.

Stamps:  Cheep Talk

Cardstock:  Bashful Blue, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White

Ink:  Ruby Red, Crushed Curry

Other:  1 1/4" circle punch, Sticky Strip, Old Olive/Close to Cocoa markers

The dog house is actually my first attempt with this pattern.  It really does come together quite easily.  Give it a whirl!

Stamps:  D is for Dog

Cardstock:  Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red

Other:  Stampin' Dimensionals

I did use the Direct-to-Paper technique on the house itself before I assembled it, but you can't hardly tell in this picture.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Bloggers Challenge - Think Spring!

This week's challenge is "Think Spring!", and nothing says spring more like a field of flowers.  I've been working with this new Artistic Outpost set, Lovely Day...great floral images.  Check it out!

Stamps:  Lovely Day (Artistic Outpost)

Cardstock:  Regal Rose, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink:  Black, Regal Rose

Other:  Antique Brass jumbo eyelets, crop-o-dile, Stampin' Pastels

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Artistic Outpost March Releases!

The March Artistic Outpost releases are now available! To celebrate this release, Artistic Outpost is featuring 15% off just about everything in their store**.   Just use coupon code: spring2010_15 at check out, but hurry, this Coupon Code is only valid through March 31, 2010.

Lovely Day: Inspired by the lovely country side of Holland, this collection features a Dutch bicycle complete with basket, a windmill that looks almost like a photo, but lends itself to coloring nicely, and an adorable little girl who is cradling a bouquet of flowers in her hands. Entire collection includes 9 images including multi-use quotations and sentiments.

SteamPunk: Featuring 10 masculine, Victorian era images, Steampunk is a fun and diverse collection. These stamps will be perfect for an altered, grungy mixed-media piece or a simple "Father Day's" card.

Looking for more inspiration using these new releases?  Stop by the other Design Team Members Blogs:

Robyn * Gerrie * Lisa * Cathy * Judy * Lynn * Robin * Shelly * Stephanie - March Guest Designer

**Coupon code not good on EZMount products.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Bloggers Challenge - Birthday Theme

This week's challenge theme is BIRTHDAY!  I recently had a Birthday Card Class, and this is one of my favorites.

A special Happy Birthday wish goes out to our Bloggers Challenge Mom - Lisa S!  Happy Birthday Lisa!

Stamps:  Tree of Friendship, Four Square

Cardstock:  Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Rich Razzleberry, Cottage Wall designer series papers

Ink:  Creamy Caramel, Pale Plum, Certainly Celery

Other:  Certainly Celery grosgrain ribbon, 1/8" hole punch, Scallop Square punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Artistic Outpost Celebration!

March is a party month at Artistic Outpost! One of the owners and THREE of their design team members are having birthdays this month. Happy Birthday, Shelley, Lisa, Gerrie and Shelly! Matter a fact, they all share the same birthday!

They are also helping their friends over at Gingersnap Creations celebrate their first birthday with some Artistic Outpost Blog Candy*. Gingersnap Creations is a collaborative blog for stampers and mixed media artists.

Since Artistic Outpost will be partying all March, they changed the Monthly Referral Program to a "theme" this month. The theme is Party and Celebration. See this Artistic Outpost Blog Post for more information on how you can win a $50 Artistic Outpost Gift Certificate.

*Note there is a separate give-away on the Gingersnap Creations Blog

Stamps:  Vintage Halloween (Artistic Outpost), random Happy Birthday from craft store

Cardstock:  Basic Black, Real Red, Very Vanilla

Ink:  Black

Other:  Blush Blossom/Real Red markers, Real Red large eyelets, Pop dots, Happy Birthday embossing folder, Cuttlebug

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Butterfly thoughts

Was thinking about a couple of friends, and put this card together.

Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes

Cardstock:  Cameo Coral, Rose Red, Very Vanilla, Raspberry Tart designer papers (retired)

Ink:  Rose Red

Other:  Big Shot, Butterflies die, Small Oval/Large Oval/Scalloped Oval punches, stick-on bling, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thanks for the coffee!

I'm so glad I found these stamps last year - they were perfect!  I asked my friend to mail me back some coffee while she's out in Hawaii, and I got it the other day.  Of course I had to make a coffee-themed card to send her check in!

Stamps:  coffee set (The Paper Company? they're clear), Teeny Tiny Wishes (the little 'thank you')

Cardstock:  Naturals Ivory, Soft Suede

Ink:  Black, Soft Suede

Other:  Soft Suede/Creamy Caramel markers, sponge dauber, bone folder, Stampin' Dimensionals

Baby Cards

I had quite a few baby cards to make, so I just changed the colors, but kept everything else the same.  These are 4 1/4" square cards.

Stamps:  Cuddles & Tickles; Four Square

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Pixie Pink, Whisper White

Ink:  Black, Melon Mambo, Bashful Blue, Pixie Pink

Other:  Scallop Square punch, Melon/Bashful/Pixie/Blush Blossom markers, Stampin' Dimensionals

Medallion squares

I was in the mood to make some square cards with my Medallion stamp.  I loved the Melon Mambo, and then I thought Crushed Curry would be a good contrast to the black as well.   I also played around with the position of the Medallion. 
Stamps:  Medallion, Thank You Kindy

Cardstock:  Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Whisper White

Ink:  Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Black

Other:  Crop-o-dile, Rhinestone brads (yellow and clear), Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Bloggers Challenge - Green & White

This week's challenge was a color combination - any green and white/neutrals.  I'm still in the mood for St. Patrick's Day stuff, so I went with it and made a 4 1/4" square card.

Stamps:  St. Patty's Day (TAC)

Cardstock:  Old Olive, Certainly Celery, Whisper White

Ink:  Black, Old Olive, Certainly Celery

Other:  Certainly Celery/Old Olive/Blush Blossom/Creamy Caramel/Close to Cocoa markers; 2-way glue pen, embossing buddy, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, Stampin' Dimensionals