Saturday, May 21, 2011

Last Card for the Weekend

WHEW! last card now it's off to the party. I wanted to make a very special card for my friends 50th birthday and I got to try all sorts of new products. This may be a little over the top, but hey! it's a 50th birthday. I used my printer to print the 50 and stamped over that image. Instead of using colored card stock for the flowers, I like to sponge the color so they don't look too flat. Here I used blush blossom for a light peach look ( retired).  I also like to use sahara sand to distress edges for a softer look. 

After today, it's on to the 8th grade dance decorations - No rest for the wicked:)

All Items Stampin' Up! unless indicated
Stamps - Watercolor trio, Just Rite- Kindness
Ink - old olive, crumb cake, blush blossom, sahara sand
Paper - PinkPaisley Butterfly Garden DSP, crumb cake, very vanilla card stock
Accessories - 1 3/4" 1 3/8" 1" circle punches, antique brad, very vanilla seam binding, basic pearl jewels, dimensionals, Spellbinders label #20

Bright Birthday

Here is another birthday card for this weekend. This time I looked to Sweet Sketch Wednesday for inspiration. My card was for a pre-teen girl and I thought immediately of the Pawsitively Prints DSP. It is one of my favorites this year for bright, cheerful projects. I paired it with another favorite, A Flower for all Seasons stamp set.

Just one more card and one more party to go.

Stamps - A Flower for all Seasons, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink - Staz-On black, old olive, tempting turquoise, daffodil delight, poppy parade
Paper - Pawsitively Prints DSP, poppy parade, whisper white card stock
Accessories - oval and label die, basic pearl jewels, poppy parade poly-stitched ribbon, white button, Itty Bitty shapes punch, scallop punch, dimensionals

Here are some other pictures of what we have been doing this weekend.

Jake Playing Lacrosse

Megan at Beach Volleyball Tournament

Big Birthday Weekend - Sweet Stop and Color Throwdown Challenge

This weekend is a crazy one with volleyball, lacrosse and 4 birthday parties. This is one of the birthday cards I created for a pre-teen boy. I used inspiration from both the Sweet Stop layout blog ( additional challenge to make it masculine) and the color inspiration from Color Throwdown ( grey, black and lime green). Now ----on to the next event and card.

Stamp - Best Bots Forever, A Cute Christmas ( package)
Ink - basic black, going grey , old olive, marina mist, shimmer paint
Paper - basic black, kiwi kiss, whisper white, basic grey card stock
Accessories - Cogs extra large punch, Square Lattice embossing folder.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Paper Players and Mojo

I finally had just a moment to stamp and made a card for a neighbor of ours that has been on my to do list for way too long. I combined both the Paper Players challenge along with today's Mojo Monday challenge. The Paper Players color challenge is perfect for a masculine card (cherry cobbler, early espresso, not quite navy) and I am always inspired by the Mojo Monday sketches.

Hopefully, I get a few more chances to stamp. With 8th grade graduation, sports and other family commitments, my stamping closet has been neglected:(

Stamps - Happy Greetings
Ink - early espresso, cherry cobbler
Paper - early espresso, cherry cobbler, very vanilla, not quite navy card stock and Holly Jolly DSP
Accessories - dimensionals, early espresso satin ribbon, antique brads, not quite navy brad, cherry cobbler seam binding, square lattice embossing folder, texture plates #4

Saturday, May 7, 2011

The Cards We Hate to Make

Most of the time it is such a pleasure to make a card, but at other times we do so with a heavy heart. Unfortunately, I have had to make two sympathy cards this week and found that I really haven't purchased a good stamp for these sad occasions. Luckily we have the option to download or purchase digital stamps. I was able to find this lovely sentiment free from Raindrop Echo Designs. I found this sentiment perfect for the papers I had in mind for a dear friend who lost a family member this week. 

Paper - My Minds Eye Stella Rose Hattie, Bazzill Basics Candlewax, Simon, Stampin' Up very vanilla
Stamp - Digi-Stamp from Raindrop Echo Designs Sympathy Sentiments Set
Accessories - Stampin' Up! chantilly crochet lace, paper daisy, playground button, linen thread, vintage trinkets.

Masculine Thanks

Today is my daughter's end of season softball party. I needed 2 thank you cards for the coaches and created this one for our assistant coach. I copied the card from my March 28th post for our head coach. I do occasionally like to make masculine cards and it seems like the past few months have called for quite a few. In order to make this stamp a bit more masculine, I did not ink up the hearts that are on the stamp and instead put black jewels. Now I am off to make cupcakes- yum!

Paper - Stampin' Up! basic black, kiwi kiss, whisper white, Basic Grey Curio
Stamp - So Many Thanks
Ink - basic black, old olive
Accessories - 1/2" circle punch, black jewels, dimensionals

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Back from Vacation - Mother's Day Card

We are back from vacation and I finally had a moment to stamp. Re-entry in to the atmosphere was quite rough after such a lovely Spring Break. Back to making breakfasts, lunches, dinners, grocery shopping, homework, practices etc. I can't believe we just got home Saturday it seems like a month ago. (sigh) 

I think I left my mojo at the beach sipping cocktails, because it has left me. I  can't seem to get my brain to come up with new designs. Luckily while I was away, my order of Webster's Pages paper came in. It is so beautiful and just perfect for a quick card since the paper is so lovely, there is not need to do much. I just added a quick sentiment and a few accessories. Now I better get this in the mail!

Paper - Stampin' Up! peach parfait and very vanilla card stock, Webster's Pages Ladies and Gents/Trendsetter
Stamps - SU Teeny tiny Wishes, Taylored Expressions Labels of Love
Ink - SU basic black
Accessories - Spellbinders Ribbon Tag Trio dies, SU pearls, dimensionals, very vanilla seam binding

Ahh, to be back on the beach......