Friday, January 29, 2010

Phindy on Friday!

Here is another card made with a digi image from Phindy's Place; which is a brand new online digi image company! She has the cutest images, one talented lady! This particular image is offered free when you join her group over on Paper Craft Plant. So, here is my card with a Mouse on a cake:

Remember, it is free to join Paper Craft Planet, and any groups that you may like! You are not obligated to add photos of your own card samples either, you can be there for pure inspiration if you want. Look over on my sidebar for links to both Phindy's blog/store and to the Paper Craft Planet site.
I'll be back later to list the supplies used on this card!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Soft Pencil Thursday!

It is Soft Pencil Thursday, and did we DT members ever get a cute image to work with this week! It is called "Michu and Michula", and our challenge was to use, rhinestones, brads, etc. as many or as few as we want! Yes, you know how I love those sticky rhinestones! Yes, I used alooooooooooooot of them! Ok, I exaggerated a little bit. I first colored the image in Pinks and Grays because I am a traditional kind of gal when it comes to holiday colors, and this week's image is a Valentine's day image. Then, I thought it looked like an awesome image to put on my husband's card, so I colored another image in shades of blue. Well, that was it, loved it. Much more masculine for a man. So, here it is:

Since I was going masculine as I possibly could imagine, that meant no sticky pearls, no feminine patterned paper, and not overly fancy. So, I went with stripes on the paper, and of course the rhinestones. The sentiment was hand written by me! So, pop on over to the Soft Pencil Blog and Store and buy this image and others too. Elizabeth just loaded up some more brand new images just this week again; and are they ever cutie patooties! I am going to order a few of them myself!

Supplies List: Card stock~ Stampin Up Whisper White, Bashful Blue, Pacific Point, Pacific Point Designer Series Paper, and watercolor paper. Ink~ Bashful Blue & Pacific Point, Close to Cocoa, & Chocolate Chip ink refills. Accessories~ SU Blender Pens, Blue and Clear Sticky Rhinestones, Foam Dimensionals.

On a general note, I am reorganizing my blog categories slightly so that instead of having cards under just holidays, there will be separate categories for individual holidays to make it easier to click over to the ones that you want to view. I hope to have this completed within the next day or two. I hope you like it.

Until Next Time............Blessings, Lisa

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Petal Card Di-Cut Valentine

Hello. I was over at a friend's house yesterday because she wanted to cut some of my Lattice Di-cuts, and I saw that she had the Stampin Up/Sizzix Petal Card di-cut. So, I got busy cutting some of those. I had an idea to fold two of the petals in, so that it would form the shape of a heart, then have a bunch of little hearts bursting out of it. So, here is the picture in my head on card stock:

Of course, I could not get a good photo of this card tonight no matter how many times I tried or where I took it. Just one of those days, I guess.

So, the petal card itself is Pretty in Pink card stock, and the little hearts were made from the new Stampin Up Mini Heart Punch. The "Love" heart is a stamp from the new stamp set called "I Heart Hearts". Which by the way, for every one of those stamp sets purchased, Stampin Up is donating $2.00 to the Haiti disaster. The mini hearts were punched out of the following card stock from Stampin Up: Real Red, Melon Mambo, Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Almost Amethyst. The ink that I used was SU Melon Mambo, and the card base is SU Kraft.

Until next time................Blessings, Lisa

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Cute Bunny

Ok, I found this absolutely adorable digi image over on Paper Craft Planet (see link on sidebar), and I got it free when I joined the group that I came from. It is free to join PCP, and any group that you are interested in. So, go over there and get some more free inspiration for your paper crafting hobby, and if you like the image, go get it too. The image is from a relatively new online digi image company called Phindy's Place. Click on her name to get to the blog, and there is a link on her blog to get to her store. So, here is the card that I made with the cute bunny image:

I printed the image out onto Watercolor paper, then colored it with Stampin Up Blender Pens and Watercolor Wonder Crayons. I am obviously still on my Purple and Yellow kick, sorry if this displease anyone. I just can't help myself! I am afraid I am not done with it yet either, I have another project started with those two colors on my table as we speak. Isn't it funny how we get stuck on something in our crafting sometimes, and use it until we are completely tired of it? It doesn't even have to be a color combo, maybe it's a certain type of embellishment or something. I say, go with whatever inspires you at the moment! Just sayin'! Ok, onward. Sorry for the babble. I used a card sketch that I found over on Splitcoast Stampers, in their forums section. Click here for that link. I believe I used SC254. It has a very clean and simple look to it, which is also something that I am into these days. The card stock used was Stampin Up's Lovely Lilac, Almost Amethyst, and the Patterned Paper is from the "English Garden collection from Making Memories". I used some Spelbinder's rectangle and scalloped rectangles to cut out my image, and some foam pop dots to pop it up a little.

Until Next Time........................... Blessings, Lisa

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Soft Pencil Thursday!!!!!!

It is Soft Pencil Thursday! Elizabeth, the owner of Soft Pencil, has created some new digi images and placed them in her shop and are they ever cute! Click on the Soft Pencil banner on my sidebar, and go check them out! Seriously, go look, now!!!!!!!

I was reading an article in a paper craft magazine, that purple and yellow are complimentary colors to work with. Well, me and purple, I had to try this out. The challenge we were given this week along with this verrrrrrrrrry cute image was to create a friend card. The image is called "Amy, Michu, and Ratiny". Wouldn't little Ratiny look cute all by himself on a card? I'm just sayin. What do you think, Elizabeth? Michu would too for that matter. Hmmm.
I used my Spellbinder's Rectangles to cut out the image and to mat it. I thought a polka dot roof with some patterned paper (Provo Craft) would be cute. The sentiment is from the Stampin Up set called "Teeny Tiny Wishes". The flower is unknown, sorry, it was in my "I don't know" stash. The purple gem for the flower center is from Michael's. The card stock colors used were Stampin Up's Lavender Lace, Lovely Lilac, Elegant Eggplant, and Crushed Curry. The image itself was printed out onto Watercolor paper as usual, but this time I colored the image with my SU markers instead of Ink refills. Why? I have no idea, just felt like it! lol.

Well, before I bore you any further, I will say goodbye.

Until next time.................Blessings, Lisa

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Valentine Cards Stampin Up Style

Hello. Back again as promised. What I did for these Valentine cards was to first stamp some Backgrounds with Melon Mambo Ink onto Pretty in Pink card stock. First I stamped with two stamps from the Stampin Up "Park Avenue Patterns" stamp set, then I stamped with the "Medallion" stamp. On the Medallion stamp I also used the "Thumping" technique with a Rich Razzleberry Marker. Thumping is to simply tap the brush tip of your marker onto the stamp after you have inked it with an ink pad. Obviously using two different colors. Then, I punched out various heart shapes out of these backgrounds with Stampin Up "Full Heart Punch", and the "Heart to Heart" punch. After doing this, you have a bunch of fancy hearts to arrange on cards. I came up with seven cards, all the same layout, but with different patterns on each ones hearts. The patterns don't even have to cover the whole heart shape, they look very interesting either way. So, here are how mine turned out: Feel free to click on each one to enlarge it and get a better view.
Park Avenue Patterns used on this one, and edges of hearts brushed slightly on the Melon Mambo ink pad.
Same on this one, plus a small heart added with the new SU small heart punch.

Ditto on this one.

Medallion background stamp used on this one.

Medallion used on this one too. Can you see the Rich Razzleberry accents from the "Thumping" technique on this one?

Same comments on this one as the previous above.

Same comments again on this last card.
I am not sure if you could see them, but I also put two score lines on the left side of the card to add some interest. The card stock colors used were Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, and Melon Mambo. The sentiment on them is from the Stampin Up set called "Teeny Tiny Wishes". If you have any questions leave me a comment that I can respond to.

Until next time.........Blessings, Lisa

Monday, January 18, 2010

Butterflies, Butterflies, Butterflies

Hello. I have some more clean and simple butterfly cards to share with you this evening. They are made with some of the Stampin Up/ Sizzix di-cuts.
Here they are:

This first card above was made by cutting one of the Stampin Up Lattice Di-cut shapes out of SU Whisper White card stock, then one of the new SU Wonderful Wings Embosslit di-cuts out of SU Pretty in Pink card stock. Embosslit di-cuts are so great, because they cut and dry emboss with only one pass through the Big Shot Machine. The card above shows all of the butterflies that one Wonderful Wings embosslit makes. Are they gorgeous or what? I added some of the cosmo glitter from SU to the raised areas of the largest butterfly just for the heck of it. Hey, I am addicted to anything that sparkles.

The next card above was made also with the Stampin Up Embosslit di-cut Wonderful Wings, but also with two of the smallest butterfly from the SU Bigz di-cut called Beautiful Butterflies. The two larger butterflies are obviously the ones made with Beautiful Butterflies, and some Bashful Blue Designer Series Paper. I also added some SU cosmo glitter to the wings and bodies of the butterflies. The photo below is a close up, so that you can get a better look at the dry embossing on the smaller butterflies. Love, Love, Love them!!!!!

I have some more valentine cards prepared for my next post made with Background Stamps and Paper Punches, so come back and see them.
As always; Until next time.......................... Blessings, Lisa
All products used in these cards are from Stampin Up

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Soft Pencil Thursday!

I love Soft Pencil Thursdays! I love working with Soft Pencil Digi Images! Elizabeth, the owner of Soft Pencil Designs has created some new digis for the Valentine Holiday coming up in February, and we her fabulous design team have the honor of making some cards with them. Please go visit the other design team blogs linked over on my sidebar, these ladies are very talented. Then, go over to the Soft Pencil Store (also on my sidebar) and purchase some digi images. I have two cards to share with you today since I was too sick to post last Thursday. Yes, I am still under the weather, but at least I can breath good enough now to move about my house and work on my hobbies. I highly recommend avoiding Bronchitis if you can, not fun at all.

Anyways, the first card is made with the image called "A Lovely Couple". Is it a cute image or what? We were asked to use our favorite card sketch, so I used SC149. This sketch can be found in the forums section of the Splitcoast Stampers website. After coloring the image, I cut it out with some of my Spellbinder's Nestibilities Circles, added some glitter (SU Dazzling Diamonds glitter) for the snow and popped it up with some foam dimensionals. The patterned paper is from Stampin Up. Then I added the two smaller circles with a small hearts on each punched out with the new Stampin Up Small Heart Punch. The sentiment on the bottom was also created by Elizabeth of Soft Pencil and she is offering it free over on Paper Craft Planet web site. I have a link to that website on my sidebar.

This next image was what I was supposed to work with and post last week. Thank you Elizabeth for being so understanding while I was ill. Anyways, this image is called "2 Birds 2Cats", and aren't these two little couples cute? I watercolored them, then mounted them on a piece of patterned paper from the company called Me & my Big Ideas (dollar spot at Archiver's). I punched the patterned paper with a Fisker's border punch called "lazy days of summer"and put tiny little pearls in the flower centers. I typed the image on Microsoft Word and printed it out, punched it with my SU Word Window Punched layered on Olive card stock punched with the SU Modern Label Punch. The heart pearls are Hero Arts, and the Round ones are from Micheal's Craft Store.

Any questions leave a comment that I can reply to, and until next time .......Blessings, Lisa

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Valentine Time

Yes, believe it or not I have returned. I am still fighting off the bronchitis, so I returned to my Dr. today. I got stronger medicine, and hopefully I will be back to normal real soon. In the meantime, I was sooooooooooo bored that I couldn't take it anymore. I actually made some cards to share with you today, imagine that! Gee does it ever feel good to be back to crafting and blogging. I miss the creative outlet and your comments. Stampin Up has a new Mini catalog out, and I have some new stuff to show you. Today, I made a couple of Valentine cards with the new stamp set called I {Heart} Hearts.

I borrowed this set from another demo, so I probably wont be posting anymore cards with it after today. Sorry.

I did, however take a bunch of photos, because I know that at least one person viewing this is going to ask if any of these stamps coordinate with any of Stampin Up's punches, such as the Full Heart Punch, Heart to Heart Punch, or the new Small Heart Punch from the occasions mini catty. The answer is yes, they do, and if anyone wants to see a photo explanation of this, leave me a comment, and I will do a separate post for that. So, the first photo below shows you all of the stamps included in the set. Is it cute or what?

The next photo is of the first card that I made with this set. I used the different hearts to create a very quick and simple cascade of hearts going down the card. The top heart is simply some SU DSP punched with their Full Heart Punch, and some Melon Mambo punched with the new Small heart punch and layered on top. The next two hearts were stamped with Melon Mambo and cut out by hand. The next three hearts are all on one stamp, inked with Melon Mambo again and punched with the Heart to Heart punch. The "Love" heart at the bottom was also stamped with Melon Mambo ink and then punched with the new Small Heart Punch. Happy Valentine's day was stamped on the inside of the card using a stamp from the SU set called Teeny Tiny Wishes.

The next card uses three stamps in the same set. The three stripes are 1/4" grosgrain ribbon: Real Red, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink. I stamped all of them in Real Red ink, cut out the two on the right by hand, and popped them up with pop dots, the friend heart was punched out with the Full Heart Punch. Just for the heck of it, I added a Real Red small heart punch. The sentiment again is from the stamp set Teeny Tiny Wishes. Both cards have a Kraft card stock base.

Now, speaking of boredom, this one of the things that I did while I was resting on my sofa last week. My kitty, Mittens was by my side the whole time. Here she is taking very good care of me while sleeping on her bed next to me. How do they hold their legs and paws up like that while sleeping? Doesn't look comfy to me! I'm just sayin! She sure is funny though.

Well, that's my limit for one day! Thanks for all of the get well wishes from you fabulous blog readers. Take care, stay healthy, and

until next time...........Blessings, Lisa

Friday, January 8, 2010

So sorry for my absence, I am still trying to recover from Bronchitis. I think that I may finally be on the way to recovery though. Still coughing alot, and a little trouble being short of breath, but not nearly as bad as I was since my last post. Please be patient with me for a little longer, I have some things that I am working on that I will be posting on Saturday, I hope. Also, while I was resting today, the UPS man delivered my Stampin Up Occasions Mini catalog pre-order! Yeah!!!! So, I hope to have some new things made with those items for everyday next week, and of course I will return to Soft Pencil Thursday as well. Everyone, please take care, wash your hands frequently, and stay away from sick people! In other words.....stay healthy!

Blessings, Lisa

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Feeling under the weather

Hello. Just checking in to let you all know that I am under the weather, and have not been crafting much. I started out around Christmas with some sinus drainage, but it has moved down into my chest and has me coughing and wheezing quite a bit. I'll be going to the Dr. tomorrow. I will be back to posting crafty stuff as soon as I can. Thanks for your patience.

Blessings, Lisa

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!!!!!

Happy New Year!