Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Cuttlebug Challenge-Pop up card

Wednesday is one of my favorite days of the week, its the day I finally get to show you what I have been secretly working on for the Cuttlebug be inspired challenge. This week is "egg-specially egg-citing"....are you ready for this?? Pop up cards. Oh. how. much. fun I had with this card, it was truly like playing in a paper playground!

So can you see how carried away I got with this card? The floating butterflies are my favorite, and were made by using strips of acetate with the butterflies attached with glue dots.The clouds were made with the scallop circle punch, that were cut in half and inked. Then mounted at multiple levels with dimensionals.

I'm pretty sure this will be one of my favorites for a while...well for this week anyways, you know how fickle I can be {rolls eyes}
  I hope you all are lovin' this pop up Easter project as much as I am, I actually kissed it good-bye as it went into the mailbox. Who will be getting this delivered to them a gorgeous mailman wearing shorts with nice legs and a perfect tan {Oh, thats not your mailman?}??? Keep checking your just might  be you!!! {sorry,fantasy mailman not included}

Now I just know you are already digging through your stamp supplies, ready to make a pop up card and enter this weeks challenge! Before you forget, hop on over to cuttlebug challenge blog to see whats poppin' with the rest of the know they will have the most amazing samples of "pop art" ever!
 {OK enough of my silliness}
Happy creating,

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Easter Featuring Our Daily Bread Designs

Welcome back, are you ready for another Easter project? Today I'm sharing a card I made for the cuttlebug challenge blog using a scripture based stamp set by Our Daily Bread Designs. I knew the moment I saw this set I would make a card for my parents. Each year I send them a care package filled with easter goodies, I like to make it feel like a big Easter basket delivered by the Easter bunny himself :)
   This card will be placed right on top, I know they will love it! I'm sure the traditional chocolate cross I always send, will take a back seat to this beauty!!!

This is a 5.5 square card with fleur de lis embossing, a bit of stitching, and inked edges. A few layers, die cuts and yummy soft velvet ribbon.
The tip on this card, to make the flowers  punch with the SU boho blossoms punch {use the largest flower} clip each petal and curl the petals upward. place a rhinestone in the center and attach with a glue dot {I could never ever live without glue dots!!!} Its that simple to get a dimensional flower from a punch!

I'm off to the Post office, wish me luck!!  :)

Monday, March 29, 2010

Gifts Of Spring

So many of you across the miles may not be seeing any signs of spring yet, but here in Florida we are enjoying mild temperatures, spring showers, and the blossoms of flowers to come. I so look forward to butterflies flitting about, and baby birds "peeping" their morning songs.
      Easter is almost here,  I will be in 'all out Peter Cottontail mode' this week :) Check back everyday for a new Easter project, its not too late to put together a few last minute details.

I made 4 of these this morning, and it just took a few extra minutes to make multiples, if you use the assembly line method they go together pretty quick. If you have a cricut, cut out four 5" shadow eggs with the doodle charms cartridge. Then four of patterned paper at 4 3/4, then four at 4 1/2 on a blue paper.
For the card base, I scored a 4 1/4x5 1/2 white piece of card stock and hand cut 1/4 around my first egg layer, being careful to not cut too much off at the top where my score was so the card has a stable opening.
If you don't have a cricut, try a coloring book page.Or search for an egg template, and print in graduating sizes.

To get the speckled robbins egg blue, I used the color spritzer tool, and a close to cocoa marker, and a creamy caramel marker, you just load the marker into the chamber and squeeze!! Instant robbins egg speckled perfection :)
I truly am wishing you all the wonderful gifts of spring. 

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 Happy Creating,

Friday, March 26, 2010

A Tisket A Tasket,A Beautiful Easter Basket

I encourage you to put a special basket together for all the wonderful people in your lives. A basket made from paper, straw, or brightly colored plastic, filled with  love and sweet treats will create memories that last a lifetime. I will be bringing you Easter inspiration everyday next week, hope you come back and visit! I promise a plethora of bunnies, eggs, and chicks ...oh my!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Easter Bitty Basket

Happy Wednesday all.  It's time for another wonderful cuttlebug be inspired challenge. This week we are making an Easter project combining embossing and stamping. That my friends is a pretty open ended challenge, if you have ever wanted to play along, this is the week to jump in and get your {rabbits} feet wet!!

This tiny basket is just so precious, and quite perfect for a party favor or a place setting. Can you just imagine your  brunch table set for your loved ones with a little basket of treets adorning each guests plate! That would earn you the title of" hostess with the mostess" for sure. Don't be fooled by the pretty final product, these are quick to assemble {once they are cut out} thats my disclaimer :) you have to like to play with scissors *wink*

                          To get your hands on this basket template from the uber talented Claire Brennan just click - print-cut-emboss-enjoy!! While you are out visiting all the good things bloggy land has to offer, dont forget to stop by and soak up all the Easter inspirations from the rest of the DT :)

Happy creating!
stamps: well scripted Stampin"up!
paper: whitewash core'dination, print cosmo cricket
ink:old olive
folder: mandrian screen provocraft die: leaf stampin'Up!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Baby Cakes Easter Basket

Hello everyone, I have a fan-tabulous spring project for you!! Let me start by saying that Easter is my all time favorite holiday...I just melt at the sight of chocolate bunnies, pastel colored eggs, and Easter baskets are number one on my list. As a little girl, the most exciting day of the year was Easter morning, I knew I would find a plastic grass filled pink and white basket, complete with a stuffed animal, jelly beans and trinkets galore, perched on the kitchen table. I can still recall the aroma of mallow cream chicks!

 I used the baby cakes template to create an updated basket of treats, this basket would make a wonderful gift for everyone on your list.I added a handle in place of the slider top, and used edible grass to nestle the sweet little Easter lambs. I must admit that these tiny Lindt chocolate lambs did not last long in our house, and are an endangered species at this point...these two better hide :)

I stamped these eggs one on solid card stock and one on DSP and cut them out. To add a touch of Easter fun I stamped the swirl from trendy trees on the solid egg and glittered with fine super nova orange.Couldn't you just squeeze the stuffing out of the fluffy lamb pez dispenser?? AAkkk its so cute!
  So what do you think about this version of the baby cakes template? Its a basketful of sweetness!

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Happy Creating,

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Putting All Your Eggs In One Basket

Wednesday is always an exciting day around here, its the day we get to share our projects for the be inspired cuttlebug challenge. This weeks challenge is to create a spring project incorporating flowers. How easy is that??? I know you are going to want to play along this week.How could you resist such a great challenge?

For my project I decided to make a few flower encrusted Easter eggs.  Easter is my absolute favorite holiday, the sweet pastel colors, the bunnies, and of course the eggs! My friends Toni and Linda helped me get past the  "not so sure I can make this work" hurdle!! Thanks glad I have you :)
   This idea was floating in my head, and I knew I had been inspired somewhere along the way...and after searching, I found the artist that had planted the seed of a good idea in my creative garden! A beautiful blog called such pretty things check out her gorgeous pink, green and aqua color scheme throughout her blog, its wonderful.

These wooden eggs bejeweled with embossed flowers and pearls will last for years, they are so fabulous you may want to make them by the dozen! Now thats the way to put all of your eggs in one basket :)

 large wooden or paper eggs
paint, flower punches
adhesive, shimmer paint in frost white, swiss dots folder
sticky back pearls

Happy creating,

Friday, March 12, 2010

Remembering Brian

It is with great sadness that I share a sympathy card  with you today. 
On this rainy and gray day, we will be saying goodbye to a very special 15 year old boy. He was hit by a car while riding his bike last Friday. My heart goes out to his family, I can not ever begin to understand their sorrow. A parent should never have to go through such a tragic loss.
    I'm at a loss for words to describe just how fond my daughter was of this fun loving young man. She is devastated, for over 3 years no other boy has ever caught her attention. I'm beginning to understand why as I talk with those who knew him better than I did. He was a positive force on all that knew him, with a smile on his face every minute of the day. A regular class clown too :)

 Please keep Chella in your thoughts tonight, as she says goodbye to her friend. This will be her first funeral and she has been taking this so hard. She is such a fragile, sensitive soul.Its so difficult to know how to help her. She is an incredible artist, and has been sketching out her feelings with paper and pencils, drawing for hours at a time silent and sad.I have cried so many tears for her.

 His family has asked for donations to the boy scout troop in lieu of flowers, Chella will be making thank you cards to mail out to those families for making a donation in his honor. I hope it will help for her to be involved.

Brian Wentworth
You will be greatly missed.

If you would like to send a card to his family ,or a donation in his honor to troop 306
mail to:
736 maltby Drive
Deltona Florida 32738

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Interesting Envelopes

Happy Wednesday, Its time for a fantastic and fun challenge! This week at cuttlebug challenge blog we are taking envelopes out of the shadows and into the spotlight, so often we make these stunning cards and slip them into a plain Jane envelope {no offense to all the "Janes" of the world} ;)
  I opted to keep my envelope mailable, but as adorable and cheerful as the card itself. I used a Stampin'Up! envelope as my template and created this one from Cosmo crickets' girl Friday paper embossed with the owl folder and inked the embossed area to highlight the details.
  Mr. Owl is a SU chipboard piece from the on board so tweet package. He is covered in patterned papers and sanded lightly, with heavy duty rivets for eyes.

I hope you decide to play along this week, There is no limit to the possibilities for decorating an Interesting envelope, give it a try!!! Why not fly on over to see what the rest of our amazing design Team has created for this super fun challenge!!!
Happy creating,

Monday, March 8, 2010

Pinch Free St. Patricks Day!!

 Welcome to InkingPink, are you ready to be "pinch Proof" ?Today I will be showing you a fashionable way to guarantee a pinch free St. Patrick's Day. These handmade hair accessories are trendy, quick and green, not just in color they are also environmentally friendly!

Lets gather our supplies:
Cuttlebug, shaped steel die (circles used here)
fabric scraps, thread, needle
cropodile, ribbon, eyelets, buttons
hair ties, bobby pins, or clips
fabric glue (if desired)

Cut fabric with Cuttlebug by Provo Craft. Here I have layered fabric and tulle, use a B plate ,steel die face up, fabric, and a second B plate. This is a great way to use up all those fabric scraps laying around, or that 1990's polyester blouse that needs a new life. Goodbye ugly clutter, hello hip hair accessory!

Cut a hole through all layers of overlapping circles, graduating from larger to smaller.

Tie a knot in the center of a length of scrap ribbon, or fabric strip approximately 8 inches long. feed both ribbon tails through hole and tie securely to ponytail holder, if desired glue ends down on back of flower, or stitch in place. Scrunch circles to create a free form flower.

Add buttons, pearls, gems, or whatever you may have on hand. I used several different types of fabric weight , they are each unique and beautiful.

You can use them as a package adornment, tuck an Irish blessing inside for a sweet little gift.

We are all Irish {even if only in spirit} on St Patrick's day.
 Have you ever wondered where the pinching tradition came from? Wikipedia gives this explanation:
Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. Green is traditionally worn on St. Patrick's day to honor the Emerald Isle.
Tradition holds that on that day, people who do not wear green are pinched as a reminder to wear green to honor the Emerald Isle.

What better way to avoid the "pinch" than these lovely green flowers, so much more stylish that a T-shirt covered in 4 leaf clovers don't you think?

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Small Wonders

Happy Wednesday, welcome back for another Be Inspired Challenge for cuttlebug challenge ,where we are 'dusting' off the jars of embossing powder to create fabulous techniques, like cracked glass. I admit this is my first time using this technique....I have always admired the way it turns out, just never got around to trying it :)

  If you are not familiar with this technique, let me tell you its really easy. Cover your desired image or section with embossing ink, such as versamark, coat with ultra thick embossing powder, I used glassy glaze enamel from Stampin'Up!. Heat with embossing gun, while still warm and tacky coat with additional embossing powder, and heat, repeat as desired. Let dry and cool completely or if your in a big rush {like me} *wink* put it in the freezer. Simply bend and crack the image as much or as little as you like....its that easy!

 Card details: 51/2 square base of confetti white, dusty durango, and yummy warm papers from cosmo cricket, the image is cut from cosmo cricket, all layers were stitched, and some embossed with the cuttlebug, I used the petals a plenty SU folder, and holly leaves. Eyelet border punch, nestabilities label, choc chip satin ribbon, and a sweet vintage looking paper clip....and a pearls :)

Head on over to Cuttlebug Challenge Blog to see the embossed inspirations the rest of the DT has to share with you. Happy creating!