Monday, February 28, 2011

A Soccer Teapot For Bobbie!

I'm on a stamping roll here, maybe not with the posting end of it, but stamping at least.  It feels good to stamp again, even with a freakin headache.  For this week's Teapot Challenge our inspiration teapot is sports related.  Can you believe with the hundreds of stamps I have, there are no sports related ones??  How did that happen??  So I had to hunt for a digital image to use for this week's challenge and found a cute one (ok Bobbie is going to have to deal with cute) at Sliekjestamps; and the best part of it is...all of her images are free!!!  I like free stuff.

So once I downloaded the image and colored it with prismacolor markers, I stippled some Stampin Up! bashful blue ink around the edges before layering.  Now after hunting for some sort of embellishments in my stash, I finally found some Jolee's soccer die cuts & stickers from Michael's last year and added the soccer balls/grass to the center divider strip.

For the inside of my card, I found a sheet of vellum sayings I had bought at Michael's last year on clearance, and cut out the saying I felt most appropriate for the challenge.  Once it was layered, more Jolee's stickers were added to the inside to spruce it up as well.  Here's a look at the inside.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you join the challenge this week too.

Stamps: Digital Image Sliekestamps
Ink: Stampin Up! Bashful Blue
Card stock: Soccer Designer Paper, White, Stampin Up! Black, Vellum
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Making Memories Baby Brads, Jolee's Soccer Stickers & Die Cuts, Glue Dots, Stipple Brush

Thursday, February 24, 2011

February Blast From The Past!!!!!

Hi everyone.  It's time for another Taylored Expressions Blast From The Past Blog Hop.  For this month, the challenge was green - either the color or recycling something.  I chose to use the color in my card instead and make something celebrating spring.

I pulled out my Garden Party Blooms and Garden Party Critters sets.  After I stamped my main flowers on MFT white perfect panels, and colored them with prismacolor markers, I hand cut each of the flowers out so I could pop up two layers of flowers for extra dimension.

I then pulled out some Cosmo Cricket Restoration designer paper and cut out one of the green borders to use on my card over a wood looking designer paper from the same packet.  Once I had layered everything, I lightly stippled some Stampin Up! soft sky ink to fill in the white spots.  Now, what's flowers without some bees and butterflies?  Boring!  So, pulling out my trusty Garden Party Critter set, I stamped several bees, colored, and cut them out before popping them up with mini pop dots; doing the same thing with the butterfly as well. 

I had so much fun with these sets, even with the freakin migraine that seems to come around for every BFTP blog hop. *rolls eyes*  Isn't it amazing what can be done with meds these days? LOL 

Now, you're not going to want to miss the eye candy the rest of the participants have made up for you, so make sure you visit all of the blogs listed below and leave some love.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day!!

Stamps: TE Garden Party Blooms, Garden Party Critters
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamagic Tea Leaves, Stampin Up! Soft Sky, Wild Wasabi
Card Stock: White, MFT White Perfect Panels, Stampin Up! Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel, Cosmo Cricket Restoration Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Black Ice Stickles, Crystal Ice Stickles, Pop Dots, Mini Pop Dots, Dimensionals, Brads, Stipple Brushes

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Christmas Candle - February Christmas Card Challenge 2011

Hello again.  Happy hump day!!  The short work week is already half over. :)

Today I'm sharing with you a card I made for this month's Christmas Card Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  I found this really simple and pretty digital image from Birds Cards.  After printing out my image onto white cardstock, I colored it with prismacolor markers, then stippled some Tim Holtz tea stain distress ink.  Once my image was layered, I added some gold brads, ice stickles, and red gem stickers for the holly berries. 

I thought it would be nice to have the candle framed by holly leaves, so I pulled out a Martha Stewart punch I've had for a year or so and never used (oops) and punched out some scrap Stampin Up! glorious green cardstock before stippling Tim Holtz pine needles distress ink over them and adding gold pearl stickers.  Here's a close up of the candle detail.

To separate everything, I die cut a strip of caramel cardstock using MFT's Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic, then stippled Tim Holtz tea stain ink over it as well.  For my background, I used a Tim Hotlz brick embossing folder with red brick distress ink stippled around the edges of the card.

Well, thanks for stopping by today.  I hope I've provided some inspiration for you to begin on your Christmas cards.  If so, why not join the challenge here.

Stamps: Birds Cards Digital Candle
Card Stock: Stampin Up! Ruby Red, Creamy Caramel, Glorious Green, White
Ink: Tim Holtz Tea Stain, Pine Needles, Fire Brick Distress Inks
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Ice Stickles, Stipple Brushes, Martha Stewart Holly Leaves Punch, Gold Brads, Gold Pearl Stickers, Glue Dots, Red Gem Sticklers, Ribbon Bow

Monday, February 21, 2011

Butterfly Inspired Sketch Challenge

Hello again.  Second post for me today.  If you are looking for my Teapot Challenge card, please scroll down one post.

I finally got a chance to participate in a MFT sketch challenge again.  This week's sketch challenge was perfect for pulling out MFT's Inspired By Butterflies set.  After stamping my butterfly three times on MFT white Perfect Panels in memento tuxedo black ink, I pulled out my prismacolor markers to color my images using some Basic Gray Ambrosia designer paper as my color inspiration.  Once the images were colored, I cut two of them out for popping up later to add some extra dimension.

Once my first butterfly was layered, I then stippled Stampin Up! pumpkin pie dye ink around it, and then also around the card.  Before adding my main panel, I pulled out my Jumbo Scallop Die-Namic from MFT and cut two layers of scallops before adding my main image popped up on dimensionals. 

My second and third butterflies were then added with both of them being popped up on dimensionals and then the wings of the top one pinched up a bit.  I then pulled out my Butterfly Trio Die-Namic and cut the smallest butterfly out of pumpkin pie scrap cardstock.  I then stippled some pumpkin pie ink over it and stamped some dots using Stampin Up's retired Itty Bitty Backgrounds set.  The butterfly was then added next to the saying with it's wings pinched as well.

Thanks for stopping by.  I'm hoping this post made some sense to you since I'm typing it while dealing with a migraine again.  Below are pictures of the die-namics used.

Stamps: MFT Inspired By Butterflies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie
Card Stock: MFT Perfect Panels, White, Stampin Up! Pumpkin Pie, Close To Cocoa, Ruby Red, Basic Gray Ambrosia Designer Paper
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, Die-Namics, Primas, Glue Dots, Brads, Stipple Brush

Teapot Inspired Hat Stand - MMTPT134

Hello everyone!!  It's time for another Teapot Tuesday challenge.  This week our inspiration photo looked like a fancy schmancy hat slapped down on a teapot.  So, I pulled out a retired PSX image that I just love to use - a hat stand!

Once I had my image stamped twice on white card stock in memento tuxedo black ink, I pulled out my trusted prismacolor markers and got her colored up nice and bright.  I cut one colored image out to pop up later and then layered the other one keeping with the black & white theme.  Then I lightly stippled Stampin Up! barely banana dye ink around the sides of the image to help fill in all of the white space. 

Pulling out my Dots & Circles cuttlebug embossing folder, I dry embossed a black layer before taking a pallet white canvas ink pad and rubbing it across the embossed images.  For those that are not familiar with this technique, it's called direct to paper or DTP.  To finish everything off, I added some polka dotted primas with a black brad in the center and some organdy ribbons on the side.  The whole card took about 15 minutes to make.

Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great Tuesday!!

Stamps: PSX Hat Stand
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Black & Summer Sun
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Barely Banana, Pallet White Canvas
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Dimensionals, Primas, Glue Dots, Ribbon, Cuttlebug Embossing Folder, Big Shot, Making Memories Baby Brads

Friday, February 18, 2011

Teapot Polkadot Cherries

Playing catch up with some of the teapot challenges I've missed.  I made this one for challenge 131 and we had to use cherries of some sort so I pulled out my MFT set called Feelin Fruity (which appears to be retired). 

After stamping my cherries on MFT's cream Perfect Panels, I then colored them with Prismacolor Markers before layering with Stampin Up! real red and glorious green card stocks.  After wrapping some silver cord around the middle, I popped the layered images up over the cord using Stampin Up! dimensionals.  The card front is finished off with some silver baby braddies, silver faux brads, and a red polka dotted prima.  I made sure the inside of the card matched the front as much as possible minus the silver cord.

Here's a look at the inside.

Stamps: MFT Stephanie Fizer Feelin Fruity
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin Up! Soft Sky
Card Stock: MFT Scalloped Chocolate Notecard, MFT Cream Perfect Panel, Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety Designer Paper, Stampin Up! Real Red, Glorious Green
Accessories: Prismacolor Markers, Silver Cord, Prima, Glue Dots, Colorbook Silver Faux Brad Stickers, Dimensionals, Stipple Brush

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Flowers Along The Wall - Musical Challenge 11

I'm finally getting a chance to post this card I made a couple of weeks ago for the Splitcoaststampers Weekly Musical Challenge.  The song that week was Butterfly Kisses by Tim McGraw.  I've had a couple of Taylored Expressions stamps sets for a while in my stash and this seemed like a great time to pull them out and get inky.

After finding some Provo Craft "wall" designer paper I've had for years and my Stampin Up! color wheel to match the "wall", I got to work.  After stamping the stems, flowers, and butterfly in various PTI inks, then lightly stippling Stampin Up! soft sky ink for the sky; I stamped some more flowers, butterfly, and mushrooms on white scratch paper to pop up later. 

After layering and assembling my card, I pulled out a sponge and sponged Stampin Up! more mustard around the card and lightly around the layers.  I then used a black marker to make some faux stitching lines around my images and layers.  Once that was done, I added the cut out pieces on pop dots, and some bling to finish things off.  Here's a close up of the details.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have a great day.

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Garden Party Blooms & Critters
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Summer Sun, More Mustard, Ruby Red, Kraft, Provo Craft Designer Paper
Ink: Stampin Up! More Mustard, Various Papertrey Inks
Accessories: Black Marker, Pop Dots, Bling, Spong, Brads

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dove Of Sympathy

Second post today.  For my teapot challenge card, please scroll one post down.  Thanks.

I had made this card a couple of weeks ago just in case I would need it.  Unfortunately, the need came sooner than I wanted it to. 

The image and saying is a digital set from DeeDee's Digis and I so love this one.  It's easy to color and makes an elegant card.

After coloring with prismacolor markers and stippling Stampin Up! soft sky ink around the dove, I then embossed some Stampin Up! real red card stock using the floral Cuttlebug embossing folder.  After layering, adding an embossed strip across the middle, some black baby brads and gold flower clip were the perfect finishing touches.

Stamps: DeeDee's Digis Dove
Ink: Stampin Up! Soft Sky
Card Stock: White, Stampin Up! Black, Real Red
Accessories: Pop Dots, Stipple Brush, Prismacolor Markers, Gold Clip, Black Baby Brads, Cuttlebug Floral Screen Embossing Folder, Big Shot.

MMTPT133 And Owls

Hello again.  Sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything, however, I've had some more problems with my migraines and then on Monday evening I was in an auto accident.  Needless to say I'm hurting everywhere right now.  That's my story and I'm sticking to it. *wink*

I finally got a few minutes regardless of how I felt, or sore I am, to participate in this week's Mothermark Teapot Challenge.  I've had this really cute digital image from Sliekje Digi Stamps (they're free) and just had to color it up for the challenge. 

After printing it off, and coloring, I pulled out some Imaginisce designer paper and got to work.  After layering my owl, and stippling some Stampin Up! pretty in pink and retired soft sky inks around it, I pulled out a Stampin Up! chocolate chip marker to create a faux sewing border before popping it up on Michael's Recollections pop dots over some Texasjodylynn ribbon.  I then took some silk confetti bridal flowers and lightly sponged pretty in pink ink over them while sponging the edges of the card.  A Michael's bridal confetti silk butterfly with Making Memories white baby brads, and Stampendous Class-A-Peels in the center of  the owl's flowers were the perfect final touches.

This card came together fast and I'm so thankful for that too.  I was hurting quite badly after sitting at my stamp table for a few minutes and was able to go lay down after that for a bit.  Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope I've been able to provide some inspiration for you with this challenge.

Stamps: Sliekje Digital Stamps Owl
Ink: Stampin Up! Pretty In Pink, Soft Sky
Card Stock: Stampin Up! Pretty In Pink, Chocolate Chip, White, Close To Cocoa, Imaginisce Designer Paper
Accessories: Stipple Brushes, Prismacolor Markers, Black Ice Stickles, Stampendous Class-A-Peels Stickers, Michael's Silk Bridal Confetti Butterfly, Making Memories White Baby Brads, Ribbon, Glue Dots, Michael's Silk Bridal Confetti Flowers, Sponge, Stampin Up! Chocolate Chip Marker