Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter, Bunny!

One final bunny card - using my brand new Lil' Inker Designs Bunnies and Bows dies (SO cute!) - along with the ever present Stitched Mat Rectangle and with the addition of a Stitched Mat Circle today!
I die cut 2 stitched mat rectangles - one in vintage cream and one in Berry Sorbet - then I cut them into uneven strips and pieced them back together alternating the colors.
My card was inspired by the Cure for the Monday Blues challenge
I was inspired by the bunnies, the little vase of tiny blooms and the little drink bottles with striped colors.  This photo sure does cure the Monday Blues!

Wishing everyone who celebrates - a most Blessed Easter!

Stamps:  Happy Easter, Bunny - Penny Black, little blooms - from Fresh Cut Florals set - WPlus9
Paper:  white, Vintage Cream, Berry Sorbet - PTI
Ink:  Archival Jet Black, Adirondack Salmon and Mountain Rose.
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangles and Circles, bunny and bow dies - Lil' Inker Designs,  black rhinestone - Kaiser, foam dots, 1 1/4" circle punch - EK Success.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

What Feelings Sound Like and Spring in the Woods

Today I have two creations to share -  one very clean and simple and the other a more detailed shadow box!
My card base and layered panel are Ranger Watercolor Paper.  I brushed on Ranger Distress Stains for my background and stamped the sentiment from Serendipity Stamps over the colors using Archival Watering Can Ink.
I'm linking this card to Cas-ology Cue Card NOTE
and Just Us Girls Water Colored Background (mine is actually Distress Stains - but they are brushed on and I did use watercolor paper (?!?)
I made my next project for a friend at work who asked me to make a special card for her mother's 80th birthday which is in July.  Her mother loves feeding the birds and being outdoors - she's an LL Bean kind of girl!
So after pondering what I might make for her - I remembered I had purchased this tree shadow box cut file from the Silhouette Shop. So I quickly cut it out with my Silhouette Cameo after deciding the colors for each layer and before assembling it I had to think about what I would add to it.  I decided the woods needed some sun, birds, grass and leaves!  The sun is made from Sunshine dies - large and small by Lil' Inker Designs.
The perfect day stamp is from the Sentimental Art set from Study 490 Wendy Vecchi.
The blue birds are from the Mini Bird and Cage die from Tim Holtz Alterations. The grass die  and sentiment banner are from My Favorite Things.  Happy Birthday and Mom are from Women of Life by Papertrey Ink.  I added green sequin 'leaves' to some of the branches.
I added a die cut Tim Holtz small easel cut from grunge board to the back so the box will stand up.
My friend said her mother will LOVE this shadow box -and will most likely place it on her kitchen windowsill where she can look at it every day!  It's nice to know that the receiver will appreciate the art we create isn't it?!
I'm entering my spring woods scene in a new challenge I just discovered -  Art With Heart Challenge - April Showers/Spring Theme

 Music card:
Stamps:  Music is what - Serendipity Stamps
Paper:  Watercolor paper - Ranger
Ink:  Archival Watering Can
Accessories:  Ranger Distress Stains - Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw

Woods Shadow Box:
Stamps:  Sentimental Art - Studio 490 Wendy Vecchi, Women of Life - PTI
Paper:  Ideology Grunge Board, Coredinations Canves Texture Ice Cream, Ranger Distress Coredinations blue and green, Simply Chartreuse , Summer Sunrise, Harvest Gold and Blueberry Sky - PTI.
Ink:  Archival Watering Can
Accessories:  Fresh Cut Grass and Dimensional Banners Dies - MFT, Curly Label Punch - SU, Mini Bird and Cage  and small easel die- Tim Holtz Alterations, 1" circle punch - EK Success, Tiny Twinkles - Taylored Expressions, Lucky Blend sequins - Avery Elle, foam dots, ScorTape.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Make It Monday - Easter Tag Cards

Today I have something I made for the PTI Make It Monday Challenge - Heat Embossing on die cuts.  I needed 3 special Easter Cards for my grand nephews and niece and when I saw that Erin used the Special Delivery stamps, Sentiments and dies for her sample - I knew I wanted to design something with that set - seeing as I just had to have that set - and then never used it - until today!
I made Tags for the kidlettes - and used a really long piece of twine on them - so they could wear them like necklaces if they so desired - or they could hang them from a lamp or something.   
I like to try and use ALL PTI products when I participate in the PTI challenges, but I thought I didn't have any Easter stamps to use even though I have a plethora of PTI stamp sets!!??!!  

So I went to the PTI shop and typed in SENTIMENTS in the search box to see if I could find a set with Happy Easter in it  -  and Limitless Labels was one of the sets that came up - (an older PTI set which I happen to have!) and lo and behold - the set contained happy EASTER AND a little egg!  
Then I checked my Tiny Treats Valentine's set because I knew that had a lot of little animals in it - and sure enough - there was the little bunny with a heart cottontail, sweet as you please in the set!
And did you notice the cool little blue and pink 'enamel' dots on my tags?  I made them myself (!) - out of Perler Beads  -  which I had never heard of (not having young kids doing crafts in my home anymore).  I came across a tutorial in blog land on how to make dots out of them.  I found this package of them at Michaels for $5.99.
Basically -  you heat your oven to 325 degrees F,  place a piece of parchment paper on a small baking sheet (I used a pizza pan!), stand up the pieces on end - leaving enough space between them so they don't melt together, and cook for 35 minutes!  It doesn't smell at all (sometimes when you melt plastic in the oven it stinks!) and they come out perfectly round!
Here they are all standing up on their ends before going in the oven.  Here's a link to the tutorial I found by Katie Gehring
Here they are after 35 minutes in the oven - perfectly round shaped little 'enamel' dots! (you[ll notice two of my orange ones were too close together and they merged!)
and here they are taken off the parchment - Gosh -  just looking at these makes me happy!!
The beads that are in two colors - the light blue and light pink in my package shown above - melt down to look like little flowers or pinwheels - those are the ones I used on my tags today.
I'm also entering these in the Curtain Call Challenge - Confetti Crush
 You never know when you are going to find something fun and new out there!

Stamps:  Special Delivery, Special Delivery Sentiments, Tiny Treats Valentines, Limitless Labels - Papertrey Ink.
Paper:  Sweet Blush, SPring Rain, Harvest Gold - PTI
Ink:  Versamark, Hibiscus Burst, Spring Rain - PTI
Accessories:  Perler Beads (to make enamel dots) - Michaels, Ocean and Blossom Twine - The Twinery, Ranger Distress Marker - Spun Sugar, Word Window Punch - SU, Tag Sale Die #3 - PTI, white embossing powder, Special Deliver Die - PTI, heat gun.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

An Easter Treat for the Kids

Today is my day to post over on the Waltzingmouse Team Talk Blog.
I made a sweet little carrying case for Easter
that opens up to reveal coloring cards and crayons tucked into clear pockets to entertain the kids after Easter Dinner!
I have a full picture tutorial over on the Team Talk blog -  I hope you'll check it out!

Stamps:  Waltzingmouse
A Good Egg
Spring Baskets
L'il Buddies
Dies: Waltzingmouse
Good Egg
Digital Paper: Waltzingmouse
Clean Folk Art Medallion

Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter Eggs x Two

Well -  we are back to Monday again (where do the weekends go?!) and I'm back with two cards to share -  I needed a few more Easter cards - having sold most of mine at our church sale yesterday (!)  so here are two that I made.
This first card is clean and light - I used some eggs I had already die cut with my Nested Egg Nestabilities but then didn't use.  The paper is from the Sweet Sorbet pack by Stampin' Up with a piece of torn Washi tape behind them.  The two smaller eggs are popped up on foam dots.  I used my ever present Stitched Mat Rectangle die for the panel, layering it over a white card base.
For my second card I went colorful and bright using primary colors for my Nestie eggs, decorating them with a chevron die cut, Washi Tape and Liquid Pearls.  I made my flower with Buttons Stack die set from PTI, and the grass is a die from MFT - all popped up on foam dots.  I layered everything over a Stitched mat rectangle die cut of patterned paper from DCWV.
My inspiration for the design of both cards was the photo for this week's Addicted to Stamps Challenge
I'm also linking to the Cut It Up Challenge -  Easter and use a die cut 
and Cas-ual Fridays -  Good Egg - Use Ovals 
I'll be back tomorrow with more Easter inspiration for my monthly post for the Waltzingmouse - Team Talk Blog - I hope you can stop by!

Clean Eggs
Stamps: Happy Easter To You - Savvy wood mounted stamp
Paper:  White - PTI, DP Sweet Sorbet set - Stampin Up
Ink:  Archival Watering Can
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die - Lil' Inker Designs, Washi Tape - Michaels, foam dots.

Primary Color Eggs
Stamps:  Happy Easter to You - Savvy wood mounted stamp
Paper:  White, Pure Poppy, Orange Zest, New Leaf - PTI, green Bazzill basics
Ink:  Archival Watering Can
Accessories:  Nested Egg Nestabilities, Buttons Stack Set - PTI, Fresh Cut Grass die and Chevron Stripes die - My Favorite Things, Washi Tape - Michaels, Liquid Pearls, enamel Dots - My Minds Eye.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Wet Baby

Having missed the challenge deadline for yesterday's card - I wanted to be sure to get these posted before they were too late!  I have two cards to share.

I made my first card using a Tear Drops Stencil from MFT on a panel die-cut with a Stitched Mat Rectangle from Lil' Inker Designs.  I sponged only a portion of the stencil using Archival Cornflower ink.  The stamps are from Asian Garden Additions from Waltzingmouse.  I added 3 little dew drops to the stenciled tears (I haven't used these dew drops in years!)
I'm entering this card in the CAS-ology Cue Card - Wet challenge.
I have a friend who owns a sweet little baby shop in a neighboring town - and she buys baby cards from me to sell there.  I made this card to show her for possible purchase.  The blocks are from the Multi- Step Baby set by Kitchen Sink Stamps using 3 shades of pink ink  (see the baby shoes stamp on this card here)
Here you can hopefully see how 3D the image looks - it's really cool how the multi stamps work-  I die cut the panel the blocks are stamped on with a square Nestability.  The arrow is a die from MFT and the white panel was die cut (again!) with the stitched mat rectangle die from Lil' Inker Designs (I think I have used this die on almost every card I've made the last few weeks!!)
I made this card in 3 colors -  for girl babies, boy babies and for 'sex not known yet' babies!
For the design on these sweet baby cards I used the Wanna Sketch?

Into Every Garden
Stamps:  Asian Garden Additions - Waltzingmouse
Paper:  white - PTI
Ink:  Archival Cornflower and Watering Can
Accessories:  Tear drops Stencil - MFT, clear dew drops, Stitched Mat Rectangle die - Lil' Inker Designs, Glue N Seal - Ranger.

Special Delivery
Stamps:  Multi Step Baby set - Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper:  White - PTI, Pink and Blue - Coredinations, Green - Bazzill Basics
Ink:  Pinks:  Memento Angel Pink, PTI Sweet Blush and Melon Berry - Greens: Memento New Sprout, Pear Tart and Bamboo Leaves, Blues: Memento Summer Sky, Teal Zeal and Nautical Blue
Accessories:  Stitched Mat Rectangle Die - Lil' Inker Designs, Enamel dots - My Minds Eye, foam dots, arrow - Lead the Way die - MFT.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


Happy weekend everyone!  Today I have a card that I made for the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge - Baby Booties (ETA I missed the deadline - bummer!)
This image is SO SO sweet and it instantly reminded me of the Multi Step Baby stamp set I have from Kitchen Sink Stamps.  I bought it way over a year ago - and today is the first time I've inked it up!  The set has lots of baby images - a mug, spoon, set of 3 ABC blocks boy shoes and girl shoes - plus lots of sentiment words - I, of course,  used the boy shoes today
I just love how the Multi Step Kitchen Sink stamps look so three dimensional - like a photo or a painting of the item.  For those of you who have never used these stamps -  there are 4 different shoe stamps that you use to stamp this -  for each stamp you use a different color blue - from light to dark -  each stamp has a smaller amount of detail than the one before it -  so you are layering colors and detail on top of each stamping.   
And here are the sentiments - from the same set - that I stamped on the inside.

I've got lots of plans for this weekend -  Friday night I babysat for my sweet little Grand Nephew and Niece - Landon and Mila while their parents went to a Boston Celtics Game.  Today I'm traveling to Mason, NH with my sister to have a gourmet lunch at Pickity Place -  and tomorrow 2 friends and I are having an Easter Cards and treats sale at our church after services!

Stamps:  Multi Step Baby - Kitchen Sink Stamps
Paper:  White - PTI
Ink:  Memento Summer Sky, Teal Zeal, Bahama Blue and Nautical Blue
Accessories:  stitched edge mat die - Lil' Inker Designs, foam dots.

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